Fire Marshal’s Office


Fire marshals are responsible for reviewing plans, issuing fire protection system permits and the inspections of new and existing:

  • Commercial properties
  • Homes for foster care purposes (within the city limits)
  • Daycare facilities
  • Schools and Colleges
  • Hospitals and nursing homes
  • Flammable and combustible fuel storage tanks 

Residential property inspections are available upon request. Forty-seven percent of businesses severely damaged or destroyed by fire go out of business within two years. The inspections process helps to identify and eliminate any potential fire hazards.

Inspection Process

The Fire Marshals Office inspects each commercial building on an annual basis. New facilities requesting inspections for certificate of occupancy must contact the permits department for request and scheduling of fire inspection. Buildings are inspected for standards required by the 2015 International Fire Codes adopted by the City of Marshall for items such as:

  • Fire extinguishers 
  • Kitchen hood extinguishing systems and sprinkler systems
  • Emergency lighting and exit signs
  • Exterior and interior fire hazards
  • Proper exit door hardware
  • Properly posted occupancy load signs
  • Fire alarms and smoke detectors where required
  • Knox Box fire key access system

Public Education

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.

Fire/Arson Investigations

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. The fire marshal encourages citizens to report any information of actions that may be considered arson.