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6-21-106. Fire Hazards Inspection Prior To Closing For Breaks.

(a) (1) (A) At least seven (7) calendar days prior to the beginning of Christmas break, a local official of each public elementary and secondary school in this state shall request an inspection of the premises by the fire department providing fire protection to the school buildings.

(B) If the chief executive officer of the fire department receives the request at least seven (7) calendar days prior to the beginning of Christmas break, he or she shall cause the school buildings to be inspected for fire hazards.

(C) The inspection shall be conducted prior to the beginning of Christmas break.

(2)

(A) At least seven (7) calendar days prior to the end of the school year, a local official with each public elementary and secondary school in this state shall request an inspection of the premises by the fire department providing fire protection to the school buildings.

(B) If the chief executive officer of the fire department receives the request at least seven (7) calendar days prior to the end of the school year, he or she shall cause the buildings to be inspected for fire hazards.

(C) The inspection shall occur prior to the end of the school year.

(b) The chief executive officer of the fire department shall file a written report of the inspection with the local official for the school district where the public school building is located within ten (10) calendar days after the inspection.

(c) The inspection shall be conducted at no cost to the school.

(d)

(1) The local official shall file a written report with the chief executive officer of the fire department within seven (7) calendar days after receiving the inspection report.

(2) The local official's report shall indicate:

(A) What action was taken in response to the inspection report and the date the action was completed; or

(B) What action will be taken in response to the inspection report and the anticipated date of completion of the action.

(3) If the inspection report of the fire department includes deficiencies that require a response or other action, the local official shall also file the report required by this subsection with the State Fire Marshal Enforcement Section of the Department of Arkansas State Police.

(e) (1) (A) If the local official does not receive a written inspection report for a public school building as required by this section from the chief executive officer of the fire department providing fire protection to the public school building, the local official shall notify:

(i) The State Fire Marshal Enforcement Section of the Department of Arkansas State Police; and

(ii) The quorum court of the county in which the fire department is located.

(B) The local official shall provide the notifications required by this subdivision (e)(1) not less than thirty (30) days from the date the inspection was required to take place.

(2) The quorum court shall withhold from a fire department that is the subject of notification under this subsection the fire department's apportionment of distributions from the Fire Protection Premium Tax Fund under § 14-284-403 until the fire department completes the inspection and delivers the report to the local official.

(3) If the required inspection is subsequently performed, the fire department shall file the report required under subsection (b) of this section with the local official and the State Fire Marshal Enforcement Section of the Department of Arkansas State Police.

(4)

(A) Immediately upon receipt of the required report from the fire department, the local official shall notify the quorum court that the required report has been received.

(B) Upon receipt of the local official's notification to the quorum court, the quorum court shall disburse any Fire Protection Premium Tax Fund apportionment previously withheld due to the fire department's ineligibility under this section.

(f) The chief executive officer of the fire department may inspect any work performed by or on behalf of the school or school district to correct deficiencies noted in the inspection report.

(g) The chief executive officer of the fire department shall notify the State Fire Marshal Enforcement Section of the Department of Arkansas State Police and the Department of Education if:

(1) The chief executive officer of the fire department does not receive the local official's report required under subsection (d) of this section, within seven (7) days of the date the report was due; or

(2) The school district does not correct all deficiencies noted in the inspection report by the completion date indicated in the local official's report.

(h)

(1) Any person who intentionally violates this section is subject to a fine not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100) per violation.

(2) The failure of a public school local official to respond as provided in subsection (d) of this section to correct the deficiencies noted in an inspection report is an indicator of facilities distress under § 6-21-811.

History

Acts 1987, No. 152, §§ 1, 2; 1989, No. 411, § 1; 1995, No. 1296, § 28; 2005, No. 1994, § 68; 2007, No. 538, § 1; 2009, No. 376, § 45; 2017, No. 935, § 7.

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Asa Hutchinson
Asa Hutchinson
January 13, 2015 -
Republican
501-682-5080
425 W Capitol Ave. Suite 1620, Little Rock, AR, 72201

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