FARS Cost Impact

As with most building-installed fire safety systems, the cost of FARS and the on-going testing, certification and maintenance of the system is borne by the builder and the building owner.

Annual cost of FARS varies by region. Contact your local installer for pricing within your jurisdiction. For more in formation on costs, see NFPA comprehensive research on firefighter air replenishment systems (FARS).

ITM (Inspection, Testing and Maintenance Requirements)

Building owners are responsible for quarterly inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) of all building-installed fire protection systems to ensure reliability when an emergency occurs. Those tasked with ITM on breathing air systems must be qualified in the use of high-pressure piping and distribution system.

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Annex D states that no Certificate of Compliance shall be issued until all approved plans and specifications have been tested, certified, and approved to be in proper working condition to the satisfaction of the local fire department. International Fire Code Appendix L and NFPA specify standards for air quality that must be met to ensure ongoing system reliability.