Life Safety / Internal Affairs
Fire prevention activities are handled with three (3) members within the
Life Safety/Internal Affairs Branch. The Fire Marshal conducts all
complaint investigations and is the authority having jurisdiction for
fire code enforcement. Two fire inspectors conduct fire safety
inspections and enforcement of code violations of existing structures as
well as plans review and inspections in new construction.
This Branch currently charges a fee for conducting these inspections which
covers some portion of the cost of their services. Efforts within this
Branch have been impacted by recent budget reductions that have resulted
in the elimination of all public education activities. Public Education
efforts included safety training for children and older adults, two of
the groups most affected by fires and other injuries. The long term
impact of these reductions will be difficult to quantify.
Mark V. Smith