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Fire Protection Engineering Unit

New Construction

The Fire Protection Engineering Unit´s primary function is to increase fire safety for the public and our firefighters, and protect property. We provide code consultation, plan review, onsite inspections and testing. We grant permission for occupancy by applying the International Fire Code (IFC), the adopted National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes and standards, Department of Commerce Administrative Codes and Madison General Ordinances for both new and existing buildings.

Unit Members

Name Position Responsibilities Phone
Bill Sullivan Fire Protection Engineer Supervisor, Fire protection engineering consultation and plan review (608) 261-9658
Jerry McMullen Fire Code Enforcement Officer III High-Piled Combustible Storage Permits, New Construction Inspection (608) 261-9840
Scott Strassburg Fire Code Enforcement Officer III New Construction Inspection, Kitchen Hood Suppression Plan Review (608) 261-9843
Joe Seifert Fire Code Enforcement Officer III Fire Alarm System Plan Review (608) 261-9846
Michael Schroeder Fire Prevention Officer III Downtown West (608) 261-9842
Brian Kruser Fire Code Enforcement Officer III Automatic Fire Sprinkler System Plan Review, New Construction (608) 266-4487
Ann Blackdeer Administrative Clerk For general information and permit application forms (608) 261-9690

For information on commercial property inspections, go to the Fire Inspection Unit.

Code Consultation

Successful projects are the result of careful planning. The City of Madison Fire Protection is committed to its in helping to build a safer Madison. Plan reviewers evaluate fire protection systems during the planning phase of construction. The Fire Protection Engineering Unit works with developers, architects, professional engineers and contractors during the early stages of projects to ensure the safest environment possible and limit construction delays and added costs.

Plan Review

The Fire Protection Engineering Unit conducts plan review on the following fire protection systems:
  • Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems
  • Fire Alarm Systems
  • Alternate Fire Suppression Systems
  • Atrium Fire Protection Systems
  • Private Fire Service Mains and Fire Hydrant Systems
  • Standpipe and Hose Systems
  • Kitchen Hood Suppression Systems

In addition, the Engineering Unit also reviews the following systems that impact life safety and firefighter operations:
  • Fire Apparatus Access and Site plans
  • Fire Command Centers
  • Access Controlled and Delayed egress locks
  • Stairway locks
  • High-piled Storage


MFD Work Permit Application (PDF)

City of Madison Licenses and Permits Portal, MFD Work Permit Application

Inspection & Testing

In addition to reviewing the systems noted above, the Engineering Unit is also responsible for inspecting and testing systems during installation and upon completion. The installing contractor is responsible for making arrangements with the inspector assigned to the geographical area. A minimum of 48 hours notice is necessary to schedule inspections.