Fire District to hold public hearing on Fire Code

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The Orange County Emergency Services District #1 Fire Station #1 and Headquarters is the site of a Public Hearing that will be held next week on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. to take public comments from District patrons on a proposed Fire Code to be enacted throughout all of the rural areas of the Fire District.

The Orange County Emergency Services District #1 will hold a public hearing about the proposed enactment of a Fire Code for all rural properties of the District outside of the city limit of the City of Vidor next week on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in the Training Room/Board Room of the OCESD#1 Headquarters building that is colocated with Fire Station #1 at 2351 Highway 12. Please park in the southwest parking lot, DO NOT PARK in the driveway in front of the big roll-up doors of the Fire Station #1 Apparatus Bays.

“The OCESD#1 Fire Code has actually been in effect inside of the City of Vidor for several years. So this public hearing is effectively only for our patrons that reside in, or plan to reside in, or build outside of the City of Vidor,” said OCESD#1 Fire Chief Robert Smith. “Now, when people hear the word ‘Fire Code’, they automatically think it’s a bad thing. They think that we are trying to control them. What we are doing, if the Board of Commissioners votes to enact the fire code throughout the district, will not affect anyone that is currently here. It will only affect new businesses that come into our fire district. Those new businesses that are building new or remodeling more than fifty percent of an existing structure, will be required to put fire protection systems such as fire alarms, smoke and heat detection systems, and depending on the occupancy of the new business, they might be required to install a sprinkler system and/or a Knox Box complete with access keys.”



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