Pelican Bay State Prison Fire Suppression System Upgrades


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
Document Title
Pelican Bay State Prison Fire Suppression System Upgrades
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) will install a standard fire suppression system that complies with current building codes at Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP). The purpose of this project is to correct fire suppression deficiencies at PBSP within the general population housing units. These units were built in 1989 and the construction did not include installation of automatic fire sprinklers within individual inmate cells or in the program support areas. Rather PBSP was built with fire alarm systems and fire hose cabinets instead of sprinklers; as a result, staff are trained to use fire hoses or fire extinguishers to suppress fires. Officers are not able to respond to fires as quickly as an automatic fire suppression system, posing a health and safety risk due to the potential for inmates and staff to suffer from smoke inhalation, injuries, or death. All work shall be in compliance with CDCR Design and Construction Policy Guidelines, Building Codes, and State Fire Marshal (SFM) requirements.

Contact Information

Peter J Connelly
Agency Name
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Crescent City
Del Norte
Other Location Info
Pelican Bay State Prison

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301 class 1
Reasons for Exemption
This exemption allows for the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing or minor alteration of existing public structures, facilities, or mechanical equipment to meet current standards of public health and safety that involve negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agency's determination. This project consists of upgrades and alterations to an existing structure and involves no expansion of use. This is one of a class of projects that the Secretary for Resources has found do not have a significant effect on the environment, and therefore is declared to be categorically exempt from the requirement for preparing an environmental document.

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