The Fire Prevention Division is responsible for the prevention of injuries to persons and losses to property that are caused by fire and other emergencies.
In 2014, the Public Education Section presented 313 fire safety programs to 15,532 attendees. The division provided 14,224 copies of fire safety literature to citizens; conducted 7 fire drills that included recommendations toward fire and life safety, and installed 454 FREE smoke detectors for installation in area homes.
The Inspections Section performed 16,233 existing commercial building inspections, conducted 1,098 new construction inspections at different stages of construction, performed 292 plan reviews, reviewed and approved 96 applications for permits as required by ordinance for different activities during 2014. Additionally, 56 citizen complaints were resolved and 792 special duty assignments were performed.
The Investigations Section investigated 247 fires in 2014, of which 66 were determined to be intentionally set fires. Investigators arrested 30 citizens for fire or explosive violations. The bomb squad responded to 4 bomb threats and investigated 17 suspicious items as potential improvised explosive devices.