What is The Compliance Engine?

By Pat Galvin, Service Manager The Compliance Engine (TCE) is a third–party inspection process which notifies building owners of the need for inspection, testing, or maintenance. They also notify the sprinkler contractor of record for that building, who completes the necessary work to attain compliance. Compliance Engine can then notify the local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) for review and certification of compliance. This process saves time and resources since everything is tracked and shared digitally.

Compliance Engine is a simple, Internet-based tool for Fire Prevention Bureaus/ Fire Marshal to track inspection and testing code compliance, reduce false alarm activity, and provide a safer community. It provides a secure cloud environment in which third-party contractors (like Ahern Fire Protection) that inspect, test, and maintain fire protection systems and backflows submit their reports directly to the AHJ, facilitating a more efficient review, tracking, and follow-up process for owners to correct deficiencies and maintain systems.

Compliance engines are starting to become a major part of how the AHJ in local municipalities are operating by helping keep track of the code compliance of the growing number of buildings within their jurisdiction. All contractors who perform inspections, testing and maintenance services of fire protection systems are required to electronically submit all compliant and non-compliant reports to the department via The Compliance Engine.

With The Compliance Engine, Code Officials are better equipped to drive 100% compliance with fire protection systems, backflows, inspection, testing and maintenance codes.

A current list of cities in Minnesota, Omaha, Kansas, Iowa, and Illinois that Ahern Fire Protection covers that require Compliance Engine include:

Minnesota: Apple Valley, Austin, Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Burnsville, Coon Rapids, Eden Prairie, Edina, Fridley, Hibbing, Loretto, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, New Hope, Plymouth, Prior Lake, Red Wing, Richfield, Rochester, Shakopee, South St. Paul, St Louis Park, St Paul, West St. Paul, Winona, Woodbury.

Nebraska and Kansas: Omaha NE, Papillion NE, Norfolk NE, La Vista NE, Scottsbluff NE, Ottawa, KS

Iowa: Bettendorf, Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Clinton, Coralville, Davenport, Dubuque, Hiawatha, Iowa City, Marion, Muscatine, North Liberty, Ottumwa, Waterloo, Altoona, Ankeny, Indianola, Marshalltown, Ottumwa, Waukee, Johnston, Grimes.

Illinois: Belvidere, East Moline, Freeport, Galena, Jacksonville, Machesney Macomb, Moline, Pekin, Peoria, Quincy, Rock Island, Roscoe, Silvis, Sycamore. Please contact Ahern for more information.

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