School Fire Suppression Survey

On January 16, 2018 then-Governor Chris Christie signed into law P.L.2017, c.318 which focused on student safety. The law directs the Division of Fire Safety to survey fire suppression systems in public and non-public school buildings.  The Division would share the results of the survey with the Department of Education.  For each school building, the survey is required to include the following information:

  • Whether a fire suppression system is installed and operational.
  • The year in which an existing fire suppression system was installed and any year in which additional piping or standpipes were added to the system or an additional system was installed in the same structure;
  • The cost of curing any defect if an installed fire suppression system is not fully operational; and
  • The cost of a reinstallation or annual maintenance of a fire suppression system that is inadequate or not fully operational.

A school building for this survey shall be defined as any educational use building serving 6 or more students from any of grades kindergarten through twelve (K-12). In addition to the permanent buildings, this will also include temporary structures used for students and faculties, such as trailers. Furthermore, fire suppression systems are not limited to building sprinkler systems and includes any other types of suppression systems which may be found in kitchens, laboratories, or other areas of critical infrastructure such as server rooms.

This survey is requested to be completed and returned within thirty (30) days of receipt.

Thank you in advance for your assistance in ensuring our students are learning in a safe environment.

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If you need assistance with technical data, you can reach out to your local Fire Official, Fire Subcode Official, or Construction Official. If you have any questions regarding this project or survey, or if you believe your school does not fall under the above definition, please feel free to contact:

  Phone: Daniel Timmerman
       (609) 960-3514 or