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Systems Testing

Fire and Life Safety Systems Testing and Requirements

Fire and life safety systems are one of the most critical components of any building. These systems protect not just the property itself but also all of its occupants. In doing so, fire and life safety systems help keep first responders safe.

Inspections, Testing, Maintenance and Reporting

Building owners must inspect, test, and maintain fire and life safety systems in good working order. The systems require regular tests that you must report to your Mishawaka fire department using our third-party vendor,

There are also secondary tests and maintenance processes that you must perform on a regular basis even though you don’t need to report them. The contractor you hire to manage building testing can share more information about the requirements for testing and maintenance. Note that all work must be done by an individual who is certified 675 IAC 12-6.

Impairments when systems are malfunctioning

As the building owner, you and your contractor must follow additional reporting requirements if testing reveals an impairment in your system.

System test reports are required and must be electronically filed with the Mishawaka Fire Department through its online third-party vendor at

The filing fee is $17 per report. There is one fee per system type per year with the exception of hood systems, which have an annual fee every six months. Repair reports are also required to document the completion of any work required. These fees are the responsibility of the contractor who you hire to test and maintain your building’s fire protection systems.

All reports must be submitted no later than seven calendar days after the inspection or maintenance is completed. Red-tagged systems and systems with impairments must be reported immediately.


Required Systems Test Reports and Submittal Frequency

Fire Protection System TypeCode/StandardFrequency
Extinguishing Systems other than Sprinkler Systems – Gaseous, CO2, Aerosol, Clean Agent, Halo, FoamIFC 901.6, 904.7, 904.8, 904.9 & 904.10At the time of acceptance

Annually thereafter
Extinguishing Systems other than Sprinkler Systems – Dry Chemical, Wet ChemicalIFC 901.6, 904.6, 904.5At the time of Acceptance

Every six months thereafter
Automatic Sprinkler Systems – Dry or WetIFC 901.6At the time of acceptance

Annually thereafter
Automatic Water Mist Systems (HazMat)IFC 901.6, 904.11At the time of acceptance

Annually thereafter
Emergency Alarm Systems (HazMat)IFC 5003.2.9At the time of acceptance

Annually thereafter
Emergency GeneratorsIFC 604At the time of acceptance
NFPA 10 & 111Annually thereafter
Portable Fire ExtinguisherIFC 901.6Annual
Fire Alarm SystemsIFC 901.6At the time of acceptance

Annually thereafter
Fire EscapesIFC 1104.16.5.1Every five years
unless deemed different
Fire PumpsIFC 913.5
At the time of acceptance

Annually thereafter
Commercial Cooking SystemsIFC 904.11Every six months
Smoke Control SystemsIFC 901.6Annual

For planned or emergency malfunctions that are expected to cause a fire safety system to be out of commission for more than eight hours, you must notify the Mishawaka Fire Department Prevention Bureau at This information allows us to evaluate the risks and make the necessary operational decisions to keep building occupants and firefighters safe.

Notification requirements

When to provide notification:

  • Emergency impairments: Immediately notify the Mishawaka Fire Department
  • Planned impairments: Contact the Mishawaka Fire Department a minimum of five (5) business days in advance. When possible, we recommend notifying the fire department immediately after beginning to plan for the impairment.

Notification process:

To notify the Mishawaka Fire Department, you are required to follow the following process:

Note: You should also notify the following parties: insurance carriers, alarm company, building owner and manager, tenants and any building supervisors who will be in the affected areas. Share information about the impairment and estimate how long the system might be out of service.

Mitigating measures:  

When a fire protection system is out of order, you need to take certain mitigation measures. For impairments last longer than eight (8) hours, an approved fire-watch or other approved mitigation is required. For more information about this process and possible exceptions, see our fire watch protocol

System restoration:

What to do when the building system is restored to service:  

The certified technician who repaired and restored the system is required to remove all red flags placed on the system while it was impaired and replace them with new tags. The certified technician is also required to email a copy of the normal system test result to us at

A report of the repair also must be provided by the certified technician performing the maintenance to the fire department via the third-party vendor’s website,

Monitoring services:

What to do if monitoring services are interrupted:

If monitoring services are interrupted, you don’t need to report an impairment. Interruptions to monitoring services should not prevent fire protection systems from functioning.

Please note the following:

  • The alarm-monitoring company must notify you about all interruptions to service
  • You are required to correct any system deficiencies promptly.
  • Proper notification of interruption must be delivered to ensure 911 is contacted in the event of an emergency.

What to do if monitoring services are terminated:

Termination of monitoring service occurs when monitoring contracts expire or are canceled. You are not required to report an impairment. Termination of monitoring should not prevent fire protection systems from functioning.

However, the monitoring service provider must notify the Mishawaka Fire Department whenever alarm monitoring services are terminated for any fire alarm systems that require monitoring.

To notify us, send an email to Do not submit a report of an impaired system.