Fire Safety Inspections
Assistant Fire Marshal Jack Hanson is responsible for inspecting new and existing commercial properties, schools, colleges, residential day care facilities and homes for foster care purposes within the incorporated city limits of Marshall. We also inspect residential properties on a request basis. Forty-seven percent of businesses severely damaged or destroyed by fire go out of business within two years. This could place a tremendous hit on our cities economy. The inspections process is to identify and eliminate any potential fire hazards.
The inspections office inspects each commercial building on an annual basis.
Each building is inspected for standards required by the latest International Fire Codes adopted by the City of Marshall for items such as:
Exterior fire hazards
Annually inspected extinguishers and placements
Annually inspected extinguishing systems and sprinkler systems
Properly posted occupancy load signs
Smoke detectors where required
Requested inspections must contact the fire department for scheduled appointment
New facilities requesting inspections for certificate of occupancy must go through the permits department for request and scheduling of fire inspection.
The Fire Marshal's Office is responsible for investigating the origin and cause circumstances of every fire occurring within the city by which property has been destroyed or damaged. It is the responsibility of this office to determine whether a particular fire was accidental or intentional in nature. This office encourages its citizens to report any information of actions that may be considered arson to the Fire Marshal’s Office.
Our office partners with local stakeholders such as Lowe’s Home Improvement and Aaron’s Sales and Lease Ownership which, along with other businesses help to fund programs such as our smoke detector program and fire prevention material for elementary students during fire prevention week.