VISN 21 Life Safety Consultant Services

The VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) contracted with Davenergy for the Life Safety Survey and Statement of Conditions inspections of the VAMC Mather, VAMC Martinez, CA McClellan Park Clinic, VA Fairfield, and VA Mare Island Clinic facilities.

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (TJC or JACHO) oversees the fire and life safety conditions of health care organizations. The Joint Commission requires that these organizations comply with the Life Safety Code standards contained in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101, 2012 Edition. The life safety survey assessed each building for compliance with the NFPA 101. The team has inspected all fire protection features, including exit doors, exit stairs and ramps, smokeproof enclosures, fire extinguishers, fire and smoke barriers, and hazardous areas. The locations of the sprinkler heads, fire alarms, pull-stations and smoke detectors were also be assessed.

The survey also included above-the-ceiling observations to determine the conditions of the sprinklers, fire-rated wall assemblies, dampers, and to locate any non-compliant penetrations. The project team consists of qualified fire life safety consultants and Fire Protection Professional Engineers, one of which is licensed in the state of California. Their initial inspections for the project involved a multiday survey at each facility, to thoroughly survey each occupancy type


The Life Safety Survey and Statement of Conditions inspection included assessments of:

  • Exit Doors
  • Exit Stairs
  • Ramps
  • Smokeproof Enclosures
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Fire & Smoke Barriers
  • Sprinkler Heads
  • Fire Alarms
  • Pull-Stations
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Wall Assemblies