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Mission & Responsibilities

Alabama Arson prevention and investigation; fire and building code enforcement; inspections; fireworks industry regulation; fire protection industry regulation; explosives industry regulation; licensing of fireworks storage/sales locations; fire protection sprinkler contractors, blasters and blasting contractors; handicap accessibility for city, county, and state buildings; and security/crowd control for state legislature.
Alaska The Division's mission is to foster, promote, regulate, and develop ways and means of protecting against fire, explosion and panic. Main areas of responsibilities include: (1) Building, Fire and Mechanical Code enforcement (2) Conduct statewide Fire Service Training program (3) Conduct plan review of all construction projects statewide (4) Conduct statewide fire investigations (5) Act as the State Building Official (6) Conduct a statewide hazardous material placarding program (7) Regulate the sale and use of fireworks (8) Collect and disseminate fire prevention education program.
Arizona Assist in the enforcement of state laws and ordinances of cities and counties relating to fire prevention & fire protection. Fire safety inspection program for all state and county owned public buildings and all public and private schools. Conduct or participate in investigations of causes, origins and circumstances of fires. Provide and coordinate training in fire fighting and fire prevention. Conduct review of all plans and specifications for new construction, remodeling, alterations, and additions for state, county, and public schools.
Arkansas The State Fire Marshal Enforcement Section shall have the responsibility to : (1) Provide sufficient training to the several deputy fire marshals in the State of Arkansas to enable them to better understand their duties and their authority and to motivate them to perform their duties in an effective and efficient manner; (2) Coordinate fire prevention efforts with other agencies and groups; (3) Develop and present public awareness programs in fire prevention and protection; (4) Develop and disseminate fire prevention information and material; (5) Enforce the fire prevention code and periodically revise and update such code; (6) Investigate fires of a suspicious nature in the state; and (7) Do and perform such other functions as will promote an efficient and effective fire prevention and control program in the state. It shall be the duty of the Director of the Department of Arkansas State Police and his officers and deputies to enforce all laws and ordinances with regard to the following: (1) The prevention of fires: (2) The storage, sale, and use of combustibles and explosives; (3) The installation and maintenance of automatic or other fire alarm systems and fire extinguishing equipment; (4) The construction, maintenance, and regulation of fire escapes; (5) The means and adequacy of exits in case of fire from factories, asylums, hospitals, churches, schools, halls, theaters, and all other places in which numbers of people work, live, or congregate from time to time, for any purpose; and (6) The suppression of arson and the investigation of the cause, origin, and circumstances of fire. The Director of the Department of Arkansas State Police is empowered to adopt reasonable rules and regulations for the effective administration of this subchapter to accomplish its intent and purposes, and to safeguard the public from fire hazards. He shall make reasonable regulations for the keeping, storing, using, manufacturing, selling, handling, transportation, or other disposition of highly inflammable materials and rubbish, gunpowder, dynamite, crude petroleum, or any of its products, explosives or compounds or any other explosive, including fireworks, and firecrackers, and he may prescribe the materials and construction of receptacles and buildings to be used for any of those purposes. Nothing in this subchapter shall apply to the inspection of boilers, the administration and enforcement of which is now vested in the Department of Labor.
California The mission for the California State Fire Marshal's office is to protect life and property through the development and application of fire prevention, Engineering, Enforcement, and Education.
Colorado The Division of Fire Safety was created as a Division within the Department of Public Safety on July 1, 1984. The mission of the Division of Fire Safety is to develop solutions to fire safety-related problems in order to reduce the incidence of fire, fire-related civilian deaths, injuries, and property losses, and the subsequent effects of fire on the political, social, medical, legal, and economic systems in Colorado. To achieve this mission, the Division assist units of local government in coordinating their fire safety related activities with the responsible state or federal agencies; administers a fire incident reporting system; encourages and assists in cooperative efforts among local fire departments to solve common problems; provides technical assistance in developing solutions to local fire safety problems; and advises the governor and general assembly regarding the problems of fire safety in Colorado.
Connecticut The Bureau of State Fire Marshal, as a major component of the Division of Fire and Building Safety, shall provide protection of life and property for the public from the harmful effects of fire, explosion, and mechanical failure. To these ends. Bureau employees shall accomplish the following goals: 1) Develop, adopt, and administer various codes and standards, as the Authority Having Jurisdiction, recognize the latest advances in technology in order to provide the public with a reasonable degree of safety. 2) Provide technical education and training to code officials, designers and the industry, promoting increased understanding, uniform applications and compliance with laws and regulations administered by the Bureau. 3) Provide public safety awareness education in the identification and prevention of common risks from fire and other potential hazards and to teach safe practices and behaviors which will minimize risks of injury or loss of life. 4) Conduct compliance reviews of plans and specifications, inspections, and investigations; issue licenses and permits; and take enforcement action where appropriate, to assure compliance with laws and regulations administered by the Bureau. 5) Provide public safety awareness education in the identification and prevention of common risk from fire and other potential hazards and to teach safe practices and behaviors which will minimize risks of injury or loss of life. 6) Conduct compliance reviews of plans and specifications, inspections, and investigations; issue licenses and permits; and take enforcement action where appropriate, to assure compliance with laws and regulations administered by the Bureau. 7) Combat arson by conducting investigations and providing technical resources for the identification, arrest, and prosecution of those responsible. 8) Ensure that all activities are in support of the mission through the development, implementation, and continuing evaluation of plans and strategies that establish a coordinated and integrated program utilizing available personnel and resources in the most efficient and cost effective manner.
Delaware "Provide a fire safe environment for the citizens of Delaware and for all who visit." "Investigation of all fire incidents and apprehension of those responsible for criminal burnings." Enforce the State of Delaware Fire Prevention Regulations. Conduct life safety surveys in all health care, educational, places of assembly, government buildings and special occupancies as warranted. Regulate explosives, fireworks, flammable and combustible liquids and gases. Plan review for all building and construction; licensing of all fire alarm signaling systems and fire suppressions systems vendors and contractors. Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program, Assistance to all Fire Chiefs, Major Incident Response Team for all fire fatalities.
Florida To provide statewide coordination and assistance to the fire service for a safer state. Fire prevention - fire & arson investigation - boiler & pressure vessel safety - plans review - licensing & regulating fire equipment & sprinkler systems - explosives - fireworks- training & certifying firefighter - processing evidence at forensic lab - fire incident reporting.
Georgia To prevent the loss of life and property by providing a fire safe environment in buildings and structures in the State of Georgia and to provide assistance to public and local agencies to assure the same goal throughout Georgia. Our goal is to effectively raise the level of fire protection by applying cost effective fire protection method, enforcing criminal statutes of the state, and to increase the level of fire safety awareness and knowledge of the citizens of Georgia. This is accomplished through plan review and inspection of construction, establishment and enforcement of codes, education of community, and investigation of the origin of fires.
Idaho To establish an environment of fire safety for the citizens of Idaho. To regulate buildings in which people live, congregate, or are confined. To control substances and products which may, in and of themselves, or by their misuse cause injuries , death and destruction, provide training and education in fire protection methods and responsibilities.
Illinois Reduce death, injury and property loss of Illinois citizens from fires, explosions, and other hazardous State Statues mandate, inspections, investigations, training, education, and data processing. Provide professional personnel and programs for citizens of Illinois.
Indiana Our areas of responsibility include fire and explosion hazards and public health issues. The inspection of all structures. Investigations of fires when requested by local departments. Response to hazardous materials incidents where fire and explosion hazards exist. Training and certification of firefighter. Plan review of new construction or renovation with the state building commissioner.
Iowa Reduce the loss of life and property to fire and explosion and provide safe, efficient and accessible buildings. Responsibilities: Investigation Bureau, Inspection Bureau, State Building Code Bureau.
Kansas The unchanging goal of the State Fire Marshal's Office since its creation in 1913 has been to reduce the loss of Kansas lives and property due to the hazards of fire and explosion. We strive toward this goal by implementing rules and regulations designed to safeguard lives and property; by inspecting jurisdictional facilities to insure compliance with those adopted standards; by investigating fires and prosecuting cases where the fires were set in violation of the criminal laws of the State of Kansas; and by compiling and analyzing data on the fire loss in the State of Kansas. Unfortunately fire will never be completely eliminated. However, through the diligent efforts of this office fire and its related problems can be reduced.
Kentucky Regulatory in Fire Prevention, Boiler, Elevator, Electrical, Hazardous Materials, Firefighter Training & Certification. Certification of certain hazardous materials contractors as well as fire alarm and suppression systems.
Louisiana The Office of the State Fire Marshal is charged with the responsibility of protecting life & property of the citizens of the state from fire, explosion and/or related hazards by; (1) Reviewing construction plans to ensure legislative mandates, industry standards and the adopted fire and life safety codes are met; (2) Inspecting new and existing occupancies too ensure legislative mandates, industry standards and the adopted fire and fire and life safety code requirements are met and continue to be met: (3) Investigating incendiary/suspicious and multiple death fires to suppress arson; (4) Analyzing fire data to determine trends and patterns of the state's fire problems and for educating the public of the need to be fire safe.
Maine PRIMARY STATEWIDE MISSION: Fire Prevention and Code Enforcement (NFPA 101). Fire and Arson/Criminal Investigations. Fire Protection Engineering, Plan Review/Construction Permits. SECONDARY STATEWIDE MISSION: Barrier Free Construction (ADA); Sprinkler Industry Regulations; Flammable Liquids; Explosives and Fireworks. Motor Vehicle Racing; Circuses; Traveling amusement shows, carnival/mechanical rides; Bungee jumping, theaters/shows and dance licenses.
Maryland As delegated by the State Fire Prevention Commission the Office of the State Fire Marshal has all responsibility for the implementation of fire safety programs in the state designated to minimize fire hazards and disasters and loss of life and property from these causes. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the establishment and enforcement of fire safety programs with volunteer and paid fire companies, and other state agencies and political subdivisions exercising enforcement aspects, and critical analysis and evaluation of Maryland fire loss statistics for determination of problems and solutions. The State Fire Marshal shall enforce all laws of the State having to do with: (1) the prevention of fire; (2) the storage, sale, and use of any explosive, combustible, or other dangerous article, in solid, liquid, or gas form: (3) the installation and maintenance of equipment of all sorts intended for fire control, detection, and extinguishment; (4) the means and adequacy of exit, in case of fire from buildings and all other places in which persons work, live, or congregate from time to time for any purpose, except buildings used wholly as dwelling houses containing no more than two families; and (5) the suppression of arson. The State Fire Marshal shall enforce the regulations promulgated be the State Fire Prevention Commission as authorized. He shall inspect all State, county, and municipally owned institutions, all schools, theaters, churches, and other places of public assembly as to fire exits and reasonable safety standards. The State Fire Marshal may investigate as to the origin or circumstances of any fire or explosion or attempt to cause fire or explosion occurring in the State.
Michigan The Michigan State Police Fire Marshal Division, as mandated by law or executive direction, provides for the protection of life and property from fires, explosions, and hazardous materials. The main area of responsibilities are: emergency response to major fire and explosion disasters, hazardous materials emergencies and abatement of imminent fire and explosion hazards; fire and explosion investigations, Michigan Fire Incident Reporting System; Fire Administration and Enforcement and the Hazardous Materials Regulatory Program.
Minnesota The Mission of the State Fire Marshal Division is to protect lives and property by fostering a fire safe environment through investigation, enforcement, regulation, hazardous materials response, data collection/analysis and public education. There are eight functional teams in the division: 1) Management Team; 2) Public Ed/Data Analysis; 3) Fire/Arson Investigation; 4) Fire Safety Inspection; Residential, Health care, Day Care; 5) School Inspections/Plan Review; 6) Hazardous Material Regional Resp Teams; 7) Fire Protection Licensing, Certification & Plan Review; 8) Code Development Team
Mississippi The office of the State Fire Marshal, a Division of the Insurance Department of the State of Mississippi, is under the direction of the Commissioner of Insurance, the Honorable George Dale. There are three divisions within the Fire Marshal's Office: 1) State Fire Marshal's Office Division; 2) Liquified Compressed Gas Division; 3) State Fire Coordinator's Division. The responsibilities of the State Fire Marshal's Division are: A) Fire Investigation, Section 45-11-1 of the MS Code; B) Enforcement of the Mississippi Fire Protection Code, Section 45-11-101 of the MS Code C) Manufactured Housing Regulations, Section 75-49-1 of the MS Code. The Fire Services Development Division is responsible for implementing state laws regarding Insurance rebate monies. It works closely with the county fire coordinators and county arson investigators to meet these requirements. In addition, the State Fire Coordinator's office provides a clearinghouse for fire service information regarding administrative, legal, financial, and management activities currently underway across the state. In 1990 the Division sponsored 330 meetings and programs in 80 counties. The Liquified Compressed Division of the State Fire Marshal's Office, with a staff of eight field inspectors, is vested with the sole and exclusive power and authority and is charged with the duty of administering and enforcing Section 75-57-1 through 75-57-63 of the Mississippi Code. These duties include establishing and enforcing Liquified Compressed Gas Rules and Regulations which include inspecting liquified compressed gas containers, systems, equipment or vehicles where liquified gas is present and certifying L.P. Gas dealers, installers and drivers.
Montana The mission for the Montana State Fire Prevention & Investigation Bureau is to provide the highest possible service to the communities of Montana through promotion of fire prevention and education, code enforcement, and fire investigations to reduce the devastating perils of uncontrolled fire and fire related deaths and injuries.
Nebraska Arson fire investigation; fire safety promotion and inspection; underground storage tank inspections; pipeline safety inspection; Americans with Disabilities Act standards enforcement; statewide training division for firefighters; plan reviews for code compliance.
Nevada The State Fire Marshal Division is responsible for enforcing all laws and adopting all regulations regarding the use, storage, and distribution of flammable or otherwise hazardous materials. The division conducts safety inspections of all state buildings, schools, and hospitals, as well as other public facilities in the fourteen rural counties. The division sets fire and safety regulations for all buildings in the state except private residences and conducts fire prevention and investigation training fatalities. The division sets fire and safety standards for equipment and appliances, licenses fire protection industries, and certifies service personnel. Division staff review plans for construction of new commercial buildings, schools, and multiple family buildings.
New Hampshire It is the mission of the Bureau of Fire Safety to prevent deaths, injury and property loss due to fires throughout the state, to promote the establishment of a fire-safe environment for the citizens of New Hampshire, and to ensure the safe and efficient coordination of hazardous materials emergencies. The Bureau mission shall be accomplished by means of the following tasks: 1) investigation of all fatal fires; 2) investigation of accidental and deliberate fires; 3) apprehension and prosecution of arsonists; proposed new buildings and additions to existing buildings; 5) assisting local fire and building officials with code interpretation and compliance issues; 6) management of the New Hampshire fire incident reporting systems; 7) conducting fire education programs for the fire service and the general public; 8) coordinating state agency responses and assisting local fire chiefs at hazardous materials emergencies.
New Jersey Uniform Fire Code Administration and Enforcement: Inspector/Fire Official training standards & certification; Fire Service training standards & certification(not implemented); Investigation of firefighter serious injury & death, support the work of the appointed advisory Fire Safety Commission and its Advisory Councils; Master Plumbing; (unofficial; liaison between State government and municipal fire service).
New Mexico The state has responsibility for all areas of service issues, code enforcement, fire & arson, investigation, training, public fire education, fire works, inspection of fire departments, and funding of fire departments.
New York The Office of Fire Prevention and Control was established within the Department of State under Chapter 225 of the Laws of 1979. This legislation empowered the Office to do the following. Advise and assist in coordinating and strengthening the activities, programs and services of those agencies with the fire prevention and control responsibilities in order to provide more effective services to the public and improve governmental programs relating to such matters; Provide management advice and technical assistance to fire companies, municipal corporation and districts relating to fire and arson prevention and control and serve as a clearinghouse of information fire and arson prevention and control and State and Federal services available to assist in solving such problems: Plan, coordinate and provide training for firefighters, both paid and volunteer, and other governmental officers; Provide assistance in the development of arson investigation programs of suspected arson upon request; Improve arson evidence analysis and testing through the Arson Laboratory Improvement Program. Collect, compile, and disseminate information relating to fire and arson prevention and control and operate a State Fire reporting System; Operate the New York State Academy of Fire Science. Establish goals and objectives for a statewide, comprehensive public education plan for fire safety and prevention; Administer the statewide minimum training standards for firefighters; Provide for fire safety inspections of State or State-regulated facilities upon request; prepare and recommend revisions, consolidations or compilation of statues relating to arson and fire prevention and control; and maintain the State Fire Mobilization and Mutual Aid Plan.
North Carolina To provide/ensure safe working/living environment for citizens of N.C. through education & enforcement, fire/rescue grants administration, fire/rescue training, fire/rescue/code curriculum development, code interpretation, plan review, selected inspection, code official certification, fire/rescue certification, risk management services for municipal government disaster damage assessment, emergency fire/rescue response.
North Dakota The Fire Marshal Division provides protection to the citizens of the state through enforcement of laws pertaining to fire prevention, arson investigation, mitigation of hazardous materials incidents, and large scale wildland fire response. The office provides specialized training in fire prevention, fire origin/cause, and hazardous response.
Ohio The State Fire Marshal's Office is the oldest established office of its kind in the United States. Activities focus on regulation research, education, and enforcement. The ultimate goal of the Division is to decrease the number of fire-related deaths and injuries, decrease the property loss due to fire and smoke and to protect the environment from hazardous material spills and leaking underground tanks. To accomplish this, the Division works to keep the fire code current with new technology, making buildings more fire resistant; constantly up-grading training and equipment for firefighters; continuing fire safety education and awareness training for the general public; and the protection of the environment from hazardous material spills and underground tanks. Ohio is also in the fore front of investigation of Arson cases and analyzing fire-related criminal evidence.
Oklahoma State Fire Marshal Commission is a five member board appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. The commission is empowered to adopt and promulgate rules and regulations consistent with nationally recognized codes and standards to safeguard life and property from the hazards of fire and explosion. 1) The S.F.M. is charged with enforcing the codes and standards adopted by the Commission. 2) S.F.M. agents investigate acts of arson, attempted arson, or conspiracy to defraud consistent with the arson laws of the state in all 77 counties. 3) S.F.M. agents appear in court as expert witness. 4) Issue permits and enforce laws governing transportation and storage of explosives. 5) Enforcement of State Fireworks Laws. 6) Conducts fire-prevention inspections in schools, child care centers, nursing homes, hospitals, and other public use buildings. 7) Annual fire inspections of all city, county, and correctional facilities. 8) Issues orders for condeming or repair of dangerous dilapidated buildings. 9) Examines plans and specifications for new construction or remodeling of a city, county, or state correctional facility; school, hospital, church, asylum, theater, meeting hall, hotel, motel, apartment house, rooming house, rest home, nursing home, day nursery, convalescent home, orphanage, or auditorium. 10) In all geographical areas wherein no building permit is required by local authorities the State Fire Marshal will issue a building permit. 11) Collect all fire Department incident data from the states 802 fire departments and issue annual reports on these activities. 12) State Fire Marshal Agency is authorized to assist any city, county, or town, in the enforcement of the building codes. 13) The State Fire Marshal Agency is to the Fire Service what OSBI is to Law Enforcement in the State of Oklahoma.
Pennsylvania Investigation of fires and explosions. Permitting and inspection of liquid fuel storage systems. Fire data collection. Fire hazard inspections. Training of fire investigations. Enforcement of fireworks laws.
Rhode Island The state fire marshal shall have the authority to enforce and perform the duties required by the Fire Safety Code, chapters 28.1 through 28.37 of this title, and all other provisions of the general laws and public laws insofar as such powers and duties relate to fires, fire prevention, fire protection, fire inspection, and fire investigation. It shall also be the duty of the state fire marshal to enforce all laws of this state in regard to: 1) The keeping, storage, use, manufacture, sale, handling, transportation, or other disposition of explosives and inflammable materials. 2) Conducting and supervising fire safety inspections of all buildings regulated by the code within the state of Rhode Island. 3) It shall be the duty of the state fire marshal and his or her deputies to certify to any state or federal agency whether or not any building covered satisfied the requirements of chapters 28.1 - 28.34 of this title.
South Carolina Areas of responsibilities: Fire safety inspections, public education, and training.
South Dakota To decrease the loss or damage to life and property from fire related incidents through a coordinated program of prevention, investigation, code compliance, boiler inspection, fire service training, and public education. Statutory Authority: SDCL 34-29A, 34-29B, 34-32, 34-36, 34-37.
Tennessee To reduce the hazards from fires faced by the citizens of Tennessee. Main areas of responsibilities: Fire Investigation, Codes Enforcement, Public Fire Education, Fire Data Collection, Manufactured Housing Regulation.
Texas To serve as a statewide leader in ensuing that the lives and property of the public and of the fire service are adequately protected from fire and related hazards. Areas of responsibilities: 1) Fire and Life Safety Buildings Inspections; 2) Fire and Arson Investigations; 3) Fire Protection Personnel Licensing; 4) Fire Protection Industry Licensing; 5) Fire Protection Engineering Services; 6) Fire Prevention and Public Education.
Utah Mission is to foster, promote and develop ways of protecting life and property from fire related perils. Areas of responsibilities: 1) Fire prevention of all schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, nursing homes, residential care facilities, jails, penal institutions. 2) Arson investigations statewide-Category 1 police officers. 3) Liquified petroleum gas - inspection, certification and licensing. 4) Fire extinguisher and suppression systems - certification, licensing and testing. 5) National Fire incident reporting system, 6) Fire fighting training statewide.
Vermont Deptment of Labor & Industry: The Fire Prevention Division adopts and enforces fire safety codes, collects data through NFIC, responds to haz mat incidents, licenses-explosives, electricians, fire alarm, gas installers, sprinkler installers, legislative & analysis, public fire safety education programs, plan review, product approval, fee for service, fire service council training, boiler inspections, handicapped access. Deptment of Public Safety: arson investigations, haz mat incidents, legislative initiatives and analysis, fire service and training counsel.
Virginia Inspection of Mandated and contracted buildings or investigation of complaints. Buildings include nursing home, hospitals, homes for adults, child care facilities, state owned buildings, correction center. Also, consultive services on codes to local officials, architects, engineers, owners, etc. Plan reviews as consultants to local government and state buildings.
Washington To enhance the quality of life in Washington by supporting and strengthening local capacity in controlling risk to life, property, and community vitality.
West Virginia To improve the quality of life of the citizens of West Virginia through leadership, development, and administration of fire safety programs to reduce the loss of life and property through education, inspections, investigations, certifications and licensure, building plan reviews and enforcement of fire safety laws.
Wisconsin To promote the safety, health and welfare of the public through effective and efficient regulation, education, and enforcement. Areas of responsibility: Fire code, Fire incident reporting, Flammable and combustible liquid storage tanks, 2% Fire dues administration, Fire department audits, General fire service clearing house.
Wyoming The mission of this agency is to cultivate, develop and implement sound practices and resources for protecting life and property from hazards related to fire and electricity through direct action with the public and with the cooperation and industry, professionals, enforcement officials and the fire service. Responsibilities are: review building construction plans, fire inspections, fire investigations, fires service training, gathering fire data, licensing electrical contractors, master & journeyman electricians as well as electrical inspections to determine compliance with the N.E.C.

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