The goal of the Bureau is to; educate the general public of the laws and regulations; administer comprehensive programs of fire prevention and loss management; hazardous materials regulation and enforcement; and public education. In addition, Bureau personnel recommend policy and ordinance revisions to enable customers to comply with regulatory codes in mitigating fire and hazardous materials conditions in the community and industry. The division monitors the effectiveness of the City’s fire loss prevention programs.
The Fire Marshal is responsible for administering all Bureau programs. The Assistant Fire Marshal assists in program development and administers the City’s hazardous materials program. The Assistant Fire Marshal exercises supervision over the Hazardous Materials Inspectors.
The Bureau of Fire Prevention is staffed with eleven (11) full time employees; the Fire Marshal, Assistant Fire Marshal, two (2) Plan Check Engineers, two (2) Fire Prevention Inspectors, three (3) Hazardous Materials Inspectors, and (1) Public Education Lieutenant.
Sworn officers of the Bureau are Peace Officers for the purpose of performing their primary duty or when making arrests.
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Hazardous Materials Regulation:
The Hazardous Materials program provides a comprehensive inspection and environmental regulation service. The division’s responsibilities include; enforcement for compliance with the Uniform Fire Code and Health and Safety Code in new construction, tenant improvements and annual permit occupancies to comply with federal, state, and local codes in mitigation of life safety and environmental conditions; to investigate and determine cause and origin of unauthorized releases of hazardous materials within the community. It also provides a consolidated state mandated program governing hazardous materials and wastes. More…
Plan Check Review:
The division provides services five-days per week in-house and reviews submittals for Fire and Life Safety Standards of the Uniform Fire Code at the express counter plan check. These services include review for compliance for built-in fire protection systems and assembly use-occupancy provisions in both new construction and tenant improvement projects. Personnel augment field inspections on an as-needed basis. More…
Fire and Life Safety Inspection and Enforcement:
The program provides a comprehensive fire prevention inspection service and enforcement for compliance with the Uniform Fire Code in new construction, tenant improvements and annual permit occupancies. It ensures compliance with federal, state, and local codes in mitigation of fire and life safety conditions. Bureau personnel investigate and determine fire cause and origin within the community. It initiates preemptive counseling for first time offender juveniles and provides a mechanism to refer repeat/chronic offenders to the appropriate agencies. The program provides shift Investigators for initial determination of fire cause and origin, collection of evidence, and report data for future reference.More…
This program provides a comprehensive Public Fire Education element that includes: educational presentations on fire safety and prevention subjects to pre-school and elementary school aged children; informational demonstration booths and displays at community functions, corporate health fairs and school district science events; station tours and equipment displays; participation in Student/Government Career Days; and corporate fire extinguisher safety classes. More…