Fire Marshal oversees the following:
We use what we call the three E's to fire prevention -- Education, Engineering and Enforcement.
Education - Providing knowledge to the public on the dangers of fire and everyday hazards that one might come across. Address how it can impact the community and how to mitigate its danger should such events happen.
Engineering - Verifying that construction documents comply with applicable building and fire codes for fire protection and life safety requirements. This ensures the building meets minimum safety and construction standards. This is known as Plan Review.
- Site plan reviews for emergency apparatus access, water supply, and hydrants for fire protection.
- Review of architectural drawings for construction requirements, means of egress for life safety, and fire-resistive compartmentalization.
- Evaluation of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.
- Evaluation of exit illumination and emergency power supplies.
- Assessment of the need for built-in fire protection systems and smoke control/management systems.'
Enforcement - Routine fire inspections are performed to verify that all fire and life safety codes are maintained in a facility or structure. This helps with:
- Reducing risk of hazards
- Providing improved fire safe structures
- Reducing fire exposure, when a fire does occur
- Minimizing fie death and injuries
- Reducing hazards of firefighters when a fire occurs
- Minimizing property loss (money)
- Minimizing fire insurance costs
The purpose of a fire investigation is to determine how a fire started and how to prevent it in the future. It allows us to collect data and to address the communities fire problem and reevaluate the fire prevention program.