[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Whitemarsh 9-10-2020 by Ord. No. 1003. Amendments noted where applicable.]
A certain document, three copies of which are on file in the office of the Fire Marshal of Whitemarsh Township, being marked and designated as the International Fire Code, 2015 Edition, including Appendix Chapters B, C, D, E, and F, as published by the International Code Council, be and is hereby adopted as the Fire Code of Whitemarsh Township, regulating and governing the safeguarding of life and property from fire and explosion hazards arising from the storage, handling, and use of hazardous substances, materials, and devices, and from conditions hazardous to life or property in the occupancy of buildings and premises as herein provided; providing for the issuance of permits and collection of fees therefor; and each and all of the regulations, provisions, penalties, conditions and terms of said Fire Code on file in the office of the Fire Marshal are hereby referred to, adopted, and made a part hereof, as if fully set out in full in this chapter, with the additions, insertions, deletions, and changes, if any, prescribed in § 51A-2 of this chapter.
The following sections of the 2015 Edition of the International Fire Code are hereby revised as follows:
In Section 101.1, insert: "Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County."
Section 103.1, General, is amended to read as follows:
"The Department of Fire Prevention is established within the jurisdiction and under the direction of the Fire Marshal. The Fire Marshal/Code Official shall be in charge of the operation of this Department, and its function shall be the implementation, administration, and enforcement of the provisions of this code."
Section 103.2, Appointment, is deleted and replaced by the following language:
"The Fire Marshal position shall be filled as prescribed in the Code of the Township of Whitemarsh."
A new Section 105.1.7, Fees, is added as follows:
"Fees for fire permits shall be in accordance with a schedule adopted by resolution of the Board of Supervisors."
Sections 105.6 and 105.7, Required Permits, are amended to read as follows:
"The Fire Code Official is authorized to issue permits and collect fees as enumerated in Sections 105.6.1 through 105.6.48 and Sections 105.7.1 through 105.7.18, in accordance with the fee schedule adopted by resolution of the Board of Supervisors."
In Section 109.4, insert: "Summary," "not to exceed $1,000" and "30 days."
Section 202 shall have the following definition added:
FIRE MARSHAL — The Fire Marshal of Whitemarsh Township, who shall also be the Fire Chief and Fire Official as referred to in this Code."
In Section 111.4, insert: "$300," "Not to exceed $1,000."
Section 503.2.1. is deleted, and the following language substituted:
"Dimensions. Fire apparatus access roads shall have an unobstructed width of 24 feet, exclusive of shoulders, except for approved security gates in accordance with Section 504.6, and an unobstructed vertical clearance of 14 feet. No access driveway shall be located closer than five feet to a structure."
A new Section 507.1.1 is added as follows:
"All water mains shall be of sufficient size to provide at least 1,500 gallons per minute for fire hydrants. A loop system shall be used unless otherwise approved by the Fire Official."
A new Section 507.5.7 is added as follows:
Sections 603.4 and 604.4.1, are deleted and replaced by the following language:
Section 5601.2.4. is amended as follows: "$100,000" shall be changed to "$5,000,000."
All geographic limits referred to in certain sections of the 2015 International Fire Code are to comply with the Whitemarsh Township Zoning Code.
The provisions of this chapter are declared to be severable. If any provision of this chapter is declared by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unconstitutional, such determination shall have no effect on the remaining provisions of this chapter or on the provisions of the Code of Ordinances of Whitemarsh Township.