Dependable Fire Watch Service in the Greater Dallas – Ft. Worth Area

Fire protection systems can fail, often resulting in an excessive number of accidental activations or nuisance alarms. When this happens, building managers may be required by the Fire Marshall to provide a fire watch while the system is being repaired. A fire watch is the action of an on-site person whose sole duty is to watch for the occurrence of fire. Security Response Company provides highly trained and experienced personnel to perform this important safety service.

“I worked with SRC during a two-year school renovation project. The project was a 100-year-old masonry and wood school building, and the main concern other than vandalism and theft was fire. SRC did an outstanding job assisting us, combining Fire Watch with security services to ensure the historic landmark was preserved and renovated to its original grandeur.”
-Dave Killian, Senior Superintendent, Skanska USA Inc.


Fire Watch Requirements

A nuisance alarm is defined as ‘any alarm caused by mechanical failure, malfunction, improper installation, or lack of proper maintenance, or any alarm activated by a cause that cannot be determined.’ A fire watch is required whenever fire protection systems are in a ‘trouble’ or supervisory mode for more than eight hours, at which time property managers must establish a fire watch for safety purposes.

Owners’ Fire Watch Responsibilities Include:

  • Establish, instruct and maintain fire watch personnel.
  • Notify the monitoring company.
  • Notify the Fire Marshall’s Office that the fire protection system is not working, and again when it has been repaired. Call the Confidence Testing Unit.
  • Contact the repair company to repair the fire protection system(s).
  • If a Notice of Violation has been written, contact the local Fire Company when the system has been repaired. Their phone number will be on the Notice of Violation, and they can be reached during normal business hours.

Personnel Standing Fire Watch Have the Following Duties:

  • Conduct periodic patrols of the entire facility as specified.
  • Identify any fire, life or property hazards.
  • Notify the Fire Department if a fire is discovered by calling 9-1-1 with the exact address and type of emergency.
  • Notify occupants of the facility of the need to evacuate. If the sirens or public address function of the alarm system is still functional, use them to assist with the evacuation of the building.
  • Determine at least one means of direct communication with the Fire Marshall. A telephone is acceptable.
  • Maintain a log of fire watch activities.
  • Have knowledge of the location and use of its fire protection equipment, such as fire extinguishers.

NOTE: The fire watch will not perform fire-fighting duties beyond the scope of the ordinary citizen. Frequency of inspections depends upon local regulatory standards.


A fire watch log should be maintained at the facility and be available to the Fire Marshall at all times during the fire watch. The log should show the following:

  • Address of the facility.
  • Times that the patrol has completed each tour of the facility.
  • Name of the person conducting the fire watch.
  • Record of the communication(s) to the Fire Marshall and monitoring company.
  • Record of other information as directed by Fire Marshall personnel.
  • Cancellation of fire watch

It is the facility owner’s responsibility to cancel the fire watch once the fire protection system has been fully restored. The owner or representatives must notify the monitoring company, the local Fire Company and the Fire Marshall’s Office. For Additional information about fire protection systems or confidence testing of systems, contact the Fire Marshall Confidence Testing Unit.
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