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Firefighters' quick response shuts off smoking equipment at downtown optometry store

Original post made on Mar 14, 2011

Firefighters from the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department quickly shut off a smoking piece of equipment Sunday morning at VisionOne Optometry on West Angela Street near Main Street.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, March 14, 2011, 9:05 AM

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Posted by nice job, but . . . .
a resident of another community
on Mar 14, 2011 at 9:47 am

Part of what any FD is supposed to do is inspect commercial buildings. I was involved with an insurance claim in that same building. Our insurance inspector found that although the landlord had installed "sprinklers" they were nothing but the visible sprinkler heads sticking out of the ceiling! The system was never connected to anything!
Had the fire department ever done a real inspection, which also involves a test of the sprinkler system, they would have known that no sprinkler system actually existed in that building.
I could tell stories about other questionable buildings downtown but that is not the point. I just think that the fire department needs to do what they are supposed to do before one of these great old wooden buildings goes up in flames.

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Posted by Safe Not Sorry
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 14, 2011 at 10:00 am

Very interesting. And serious. If phoney fire sprinklers were installed, that is now a felony.
A few years ago a guy named Dennis Frye was caught doing that in Monterrey, by their Fire Prevention Department.
Web Link
He eventually got 3 years for fraud, was sued in civil courts, and inspired a new state law, so now it is a crime to falsify, defeat, or misrepresent a fire alarm or fire extinguishing system.
Like the Exxon Valdez, Dennis now has a new name!
Editor- how about checking into this story?

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Posted by City Babe
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 14, 2011 at 11:05 am

Yes...the FD probably should have noticed that case of sprinkler heads, BUT wouldn't that have come under first inspection by the City of Pleasanton Building inspection department? Assuming of course that a permit was taken out to update fire code equipment.

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Posted by nice job, but . . . .
a resident of another community
on Mar 14, 2011 at 11:32 am

If you planned to put up dummy sprinkler heads why would you get a permit? The FD needs to start doing the inspections, simple as that. It could have cost my client big time had there been a fire while the insurance policy was rated for sprinklers (WAY less expensive than without that rating). A claim made for fire damage when the policy was rated incorrectly could cause the entire claim to be refused for payment.

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Posted by Safe Not Sorry-
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 15, 2011 at 9:21 am

Properly installed and maintained fire sprinklers really work!
In many cases fire sprinklers reduce the cost of fire insurance by half or more.
Insurance costs are regulated, but are based on the "experience" of the company. Since the losses are so much less, the rates are less.
The savings can easily more than pay for some sprinkler systems in a few years, which is one reason many commercial properties have had sprinklers long before the laws required them.
But the really big concern is loss of life. As of Jan 1, 1011 California Law (based on the ICBO, a national model code), requires fire sprinklers in ALL new residential buildings, including houses, apartments and hotels.
Just the sprinkler nearest the heat is activated in case of a real fire. They do NOT all go off at once, except in some movies.

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Posted by Pro-Law
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 15, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Did people really call the dispatchers to ask what as going on? That is ridiculous. Do people not think they might be somewhat busy??

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Posted by for nice job posted person
a resident of West of Foothill
on Mar 15, 2011 at 10:52 pm

this building is NOT an old building. It was built to resemble the old buildings of P-town.

And guess what-the fire department does inspection more then you can imagine.

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