The department has an active prevention bureau, staffed with several Fire Prevention officers and inspectors. The office handles fire investigations and provides community education through a variety of informational programs.
The fire prevention bureau is responsible for conducting fire inspections and enforcing the fire prevention code. Inspectors review plans for new buildings and inspects fire suppression equipment, in addition to enforcing the fire code in existing places of public assembly.
The fire prevention bureau oversees the admistration of Knox Boxes in the Mifflin Township and Gahanna communities. The Knox Box is a small, wall-mounted safe that holds building keys for fire and EMS staff to access in the event of an emergency. This enables emergency personnel to enter a building quickly without causing damage by forced entry. The program is particularly effective for elderly residents who may live alone and are more likely to have an emergency that requires quick response, or for a business so that owners allow first responders to enter buildings without breaking doors or windows and causing additional damage.
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Authorization and Information for Commercial Properties
Authorization and Information for Residential Properties
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 pm.
Fire Chief, Frederick Kauser
Fire Marshal, Stephen Welsh