On December 13, 2020, Gujarat became the first state in the country that has approved a system to modernize fire safety certification process. In this regard, the approval and renewal of fire safety certification will be done entirely on the portal called Fire Safety COP, or Fire Safety Compliance Portal covering facilitation and empanelment of fire safety officers (FSOs) and approval and renewal of fire safety certificate (FSC) along with provision of online payment.
- The system has been designed by Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management (GIDM) under its director general PK Taneja.
- Under this, the validity for the Fire Safety Certificate Approval (FSCA) for new buildings will be for three years, while that of regularisation will be for two years.
- A new position of Director of Fire will be created for each of the four zones under the new system.
–The FSO will be required to check fire safety measures every six months.
The FSOs will be of three categories, namely general, advance and specialist, and will undergo training in Gujarat State Institute for Fire Safety Training (GSIFST).
–The new system also provides for penal action against FSOs, owners, builders, occupiers etc if any kind of negligence is detected.
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