|fire truck access||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Lynn Nadeau / Maraiah (welcomeolympus.net)|
|Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 16:04:03 -0700 (PDT)|
Our drivable emergency access was required to be 20 feet wide. Salt Lake's fire trucks are mostly modestly sized, but it would still be a tight fit...Keep in mind you need room not merely for a truck to squeeze through, butfor the firefighters to offload equipment from its sides.
Fire-equipment access is firmly codified in what is called the UFC. I think that's for Unified Fire Code. Like there's a building code. This spells out very specifically what sort of access you need to have. How far a truck can go before you need a legitimate "turn around" (various sorts, from circles to hammerhead-Ts); how close to the farthest corner of each structure they have to be able to drive to.
Even though we did a Planned Unit Development process, which redraws City plats, we still had to meet the UFC. Our local fire station had the book and helped us follow the requirements.
Maraiah Lynn Nadeau RoseWind Cohousing, Port Townsend WA daffodils, crocus, first fruit tree blossoms www.rosewind.org
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