Life Safety Systems: MCG (P509970)

  • Category: General Government
  • Sub Category: County Offices and Other Improvements
  • Administering Agency: General Services (AAGE29)
  • Planning Area: Countywide
  • Date Last Modified: 1/6/14
  • Required Adequate Public Facility: No
  • Relocation Impact: None
  • Status: Ongoing





This project provides funding for installation of modern life safety systems to protect the County's facilities and to protect buildings in the event of fire emergencies. Implementation of this project will help to minimize the dangers to life from fire, including smoke and fumes. The scope of the project encompasses fire alarms with voice addressable capabilities, sprinklers for fire suppression, fire and smoke detection, smoke control systems, and emergency generators.

Cost Change 

Increase is due to additional funding in FY19 and FY20.


Numerous existing facilities are in need of modern, basic life safety systems. In many older facilities, there are no emergency generators, fire alarms or sprinklers. Emergency generators are critical to support fire alarms and fire pumps during power outages. Some facilities are 24-hour residential facilities. In case of fire, there could be a significant potential exposure to loss of life and property. Most of the facilities do not meet code and have outdated fire alarm systems for which spare parts are no longer available and which can no longer be kept in reliable operation. Many of these County facilities were built years ago, and thus, were grandfathered under the fire code since the occupancy category has not changed. The outdated systems need to be replaced and upgraded to provide improved protection to County employees and County properties. Facility condition assessments of 73 County facilities, completed by a consultant in FY05, FY06, and FY07, have been used to structure and prioritize the six-year program. "The Third Report of the Infrastructure Maintenance Task Force (March 2008)," identified an annual level of effort for life safety systems based on a 25-year lifespan.


Scheduled replacements:
FY15: Holiday Park Senior Center, Colesville Health Center, Signal Shop Bethesda Depot, Grey Brick Courthouse, One Lawrence Court (Alcohol Rehab)
FY16: Bushey Drive Recreation Headquarters, Potomac Library, Davis Library, Layhill Group Home, Brook Grove Daycare, Fire Station #10 (Bethesda-Cabin John)


Expenditures will continue indefinitely.


Departments affected by Life Safety Systems projects, Department of General Services