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DIVISION 12. FIRES AND FIRE PROTECTION [13000 - 14959]

  ( Division 12 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60. )

PART 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS [13000 - 13083]

  ( Part 1 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60. )

CHAPTER 2. Fire Equipment [13025 - 13062]

  ( Chapter 2 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60. )

ARTICLE 1. Standard Equipment [13025 - 13029]
  ( Article 1 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60. )

13025.
  

(a)  All equipment for fire protection purposes having couplings or fittings with an inside diameter of three inches or less, purchased by any authorities having charge of public property, shall be equipped with standard threads for fire hose couplings and hydrant fittings designated as the national standard as adopted by the National Board of Fire Underwriters, which standard is designated as the standard for such equipment in this state. The State Fire Marshal shall adopt and submit building standards for approval pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 18935) of Part 2.5 of Division 13 of this code in order to conform such building standards to the provisions of this subdivision and subdivision (b).

(b)  All equipment for fire protection purposes having couplings or fittings with an inside diameter greater than three inches, if equippped with threads, shall be equipped with the standard threads prescribed in subdivision (a).

(c)  All equipment for fire protection purposes having couplings or fittings with an inside diameter greater than three inches not equipped with threaded fittings or couplings shall be approved by the State Fire Marshal, with advice from the State Board of Fire Services. The proposed system of use of such nonthreaded couplings or fittings shall be submitted in detail to the State Fire Marshal who shall, with advice from the State Board of Fire Services, approve its use if mutual aid capability is assured.

(d)  The State Fire Marshal shall adopt and submit building standards for approval pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 18935) of Part 2.5 of Division 13 of this code for any fire hydrants, including dry standpipe connections, in or on any improvement to land, which building standards define the requirements for standard threads for fire hose couplings and hydrant fittings as provided in subdivision (a) or (b).

(Amended by Stats. 1979, Ch. 1152.)

13025.5.
  

Any fire department maintained by the City and County of San Francisco using fire hydrant outlets with other than two-and-one-half-inch (2 1/2-inch) threaded fittings shall cause any vehicle used for firefighting purposes and designed to pump water from those hydrants, that is normally used in areas of the city and county bordering the boundaries of any other public entity, as defined in Section 13050.1, providing any fire protection and suppression service, to carry a minimum of eight adapters, consisting of four increasers and four reducers, that enable the vehicle to couple its equipment and apparatus to fire hydrant outlets having two-and-one-half-inch (2 1/2-inch) threaded fittings, and that enable fire equipment vehicles from other public entities using two-and-one-half-inch (2 1/2-inch) threaded fittings to couple their firefighting equipment and apparatus to fire hydrant outlets maintained by the city and county.

(Amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 1069, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1993.)

13026.
  

The State Fire Marshal is authorized to make such changes as may be necessary to standardize all existing fire protective equipment throughout the state.

(Amended by Stats. 1980, Ch. 118.)

13027.
  

The State Fire Marshal shall notify industrial establishments and property owners having equipment for fire protective purposes of the changes necessary to bring their equipment into conformity with, and shall render them such assistance as may be available in converting their equipment to, standard requirements.

(Enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60.)

13028.
  

Any person who sells or offers for sale any fire hose, hydrant, fire engine or other equipment with threaded parts, for fire protective purposes, unless it is fitted and equipped with the standard thread for fire hose couplings and hydrant fittings is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100) nor more than four hundred dollars ($400), or by imprisonment in the county jail for not less than five or more than 30 days, or by both.

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1092, Sec. 160. Effective September 27, 1983. Operative January 1, 1984, by Sec. 427 of Ch. 1092.)

13029.
  

(a) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:

(1) “Firefighter personal protective equipment” means personal protective equipment covered by the general industry safety orders in Sections 3403 to 3411, inclusive, of Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations.

(2) “Manufacturer” means a person that manufactures, imports, or distributes domestically firefighter personal protective equipment.

(3) “Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances” or “PFAS” means a class of fluorinated organic chemicals containing at least one fully fluorinated carbon atom.

(4) “Person” has the same meaning as defined in Section 19 and includes a public entity.

(5) “Public entity” has the same meaning specified in Section 13050.1.

(b) (1) Commencing January 1, 2022, any person, including a manufacturer, that sells firefighter personal protective equipment to any person shall provide a written notice to the purchaser at the time of sale if the firefighter personal protective equipment contains intentionally added PFAS chemicals. The written notice shall include a statement that the firefighter personal protective equipment contains PFAS chemicals and the reason that PFAS chemicals are added to the equipment.

(2) The person selling firefighter personal protective equipment and the purchaser of the equipment shall retain a copy of the written notice on file for at least three years from the date of the transaction. Within 60 days of a request by the Attorney General, a city attorney, a county counsel, or a district attorney, the seller or purchaser of firefighter personal protective equipment shall furnish to the requesting entity the written notice, or a copy of the written notice, and associated sales documentation.

(c) The Attorney General, a city attorney, a county counsel, or a district attorney may request from a manufacturer, and a manufacturer shall provide, a certificate of compliance that certifies that the manufacturer is in compliance with subdivision (b) for that manufacturer’s firefighter personal protective equipment.

(d) (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), and upon an action brought by the Attorney General, a city attorney, a county counsel, or a district attorney, a person that violates subdivision (b) or (c) shall be liable for a civil penalty not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000) for a first violation, and not to exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000) for each subsequent violation.

(2)  An individual firefighter shall not be personally liable for payment of the civil penalty imposed pursuant to paragraph (1).

(3) This section does not impair or impede any other rights, causes of action, claims, or defenses available under any other law. The remedies provided in this section are cumulative with any other remedies available under any other law.

(Added by Stats. 2020, Ch. 308, Sec. 1. (SB 1044) Effective January 1, 2021.)

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