Posted on: July 13 2009 | Posted in: Key IssuesOn June 8, on behalf of the Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association and its members, I was invited and attended a meeting at the request of the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD). Essentially, the purpose of the meeting was to inform French Quarter businesses that the New Orleans Fire Department and the State Fire Marshall (SFM) are resuming the French Quarter Inspection Program, which program commenced before Hurricane Katrina and has not been fully active since. The goal is to effectively conduct inspections while minimizing negative impact on business owners and merchants in the French Quarter.
You can expect that your hotel or business will be inspected in the coming weeks.
I am attaching the letter of invitation and the Agenda for your review and reference. A review of the Agenda will give you a good idea of what the program has accomplished thus far and plans for future inspections. It also lists the Safety Codes that the NOFD and SFM inspectors use, some common problems that the inspectors encounter, and what you can do to be ready for inspection.
It may be of interest to you that there was discussion in the meeting that the fee charged by Sewerage and Water Board for a vault necessary to install a sprinkler system has been substantially reduced.
Now would be a good time to review your fire code(s) compliance.
We have requested additional information from the New Orleans Fire Department that should answer some of the questions you may have. We will provide you with that information once we are in receipt of it.
I am sending this to all hotel and allied members and Loss Prevention Managers/Security Directors as well, since similar inspections of restaurants, bars, and places of assemblies will be forthcoming throughout the City.
Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Mavis Early, Executive Director
Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association
2020 St. Charles Avenue - 5th Floor
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Telephone: (504) 525-2264
Telefax: (504) 525-9327
* For purposes of inspections, ‘French Quarter’ is defined as French Quarter side of Canal Street to both sides of Esplanade; French Quarter side of Rampart to River.
Agenda for French Quarter
French Quarter Inspections