Alaska Portable Fire Extinguisher Permits
Information on Issued Fire Extinguisher Permits
As of November, 2016, all fire extingusher permits will be issued electronically in letter format.
The Alaska State Division of Fire and Life Safety issues Class II and III permits for the installation, maintenance, and repair of portable
fire extinguishers. These fire extinguisher permits are issued under the following program policies in accordance with
Class I permits are no longer issued by the Division of Fire and Life Safety as of November 16, 2012. See adopted Fire and Life Safety
Portable Fire Extinguisher Permits
Portable Fire Extinguisher Permits are valid for 3 years from the date of issue. To renew the permit an individual must complete the same
examination procedure as required for the initial permit. Permits are non-transferable and shall be in possession of the applicant when engaged
in activity for which the permit was issued. Violations of the permit law (13 AAC 50.30 and 13 AAC 55.100) will be subjected to the penalties
prescribed in AS 18.70.100. Presently there is no charge for these permits.
Portable Fire Extinguisher Permit Classes
Class II: Annual maintenance, recharge, distribution, and tagging of portable fire extinguishers. General
maintenance includes the removal and replacement of parts and/or powder, and any required internal inspections. Maintenance issues are further
identified in NFPA 10.
Class III: Inspection, recharge, distribution, maintenance, and hydrostatic testing of portable fire extinguishers.
This includes all the elements of Class II and also the ability to perform hydrostatic tests on the portable units. Maintenance issues are
further identified in NFPA 10. Hydrostatic testing issues are further identified in the Compressed Gas Association Manual (C-1 – 2009 – 10th
Edition / Section 4).
Fire Extinguisher Documents/Forms
Fire and Life Safety Regulation Changes for Portable Fire Extinguishers
(h) A person may not inspect, recharge, maintain, or hydrostatic test portable fire extinguishers unless a permit from the state fire marshal
has been issued. The following apply to permits under this subsection:
13 AAC 50.030(h)(1) is amended to read:
(1) each applicant for a Class II or III fire extinguisher permit must pass a written examination given by the state fire marshal in order to
qualify for a permit;
13 AAC 50.030(h)(2) is amended to read:
(2) a permit endorsed with the type of qualification will be issued to each qualified person for Class II and III;
(3) a permit issued under this subsection is presumed to contain the requirement that the applicant carry out the permitted activity in compliance with all the requirements of
state statutes and this chapter; a permit is nontransferable; a permit is valid for three years after the date of issue; an infraction of this chapter or prescribed manuals may be cause
for revocation of the permit;
(4) Permits are classified and defined as follows:
- (A) Class II - annual service, recharge, distribute, tag and maintain portable fire extinguishers;
- (B) Class III - annual service, recharge, distribute, tag, maintain, and hydrostatic test extinguishers;
13 AAC 50.030(h)(5) is amended to read:
(5) a permit holder shall place or cause to be placed the holder's permit number on the inspection tag of a portable fire extinguisher to
identify the work performed under the permit for Class II and III. Documentation for monthly inspections will consist of the person's signature
on the extinguisher on the back of the inspection tag or appropriately documented in accordance with electronic monitoring and inspection methods
as adopted by NFPA 10 (2010 edition);
13 AAC 50.030(h) is amended by adding a new paragraph to read:
(6) it is the responsibility of the employer to provide training and documentation to enable the employer’s personnel to conduct monthly
inspections and non-invasive maintenance of portable fire extinguishers.
For further information please contact:
5700 E. Tudor Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99507
Phone: (907) 269-5637
Fax: (907) 269-5018