Fire Prevention & Investigation

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The Bremerton Fire Department's Division of Fire Prevention is managed by the Fire Marshal’s Office. The Fire Marshal’s Office is dedicated to providing the citizens of Bremerton with courteous professional service through continuous and efficient fire prevention practices, code enforcement, fire investigation, and public education. 

Services performed by the Fire Marshal’s includes annual inspections of businesses and occupancies as mandated by applicable law, acts as the lead agency or provides support services in the investigation of all fires occurring within the jurisdiction of the City of Bremerton, and provides public education in relation to fire prevention and mitigation of fire incidents.

The Fire Marshal’s Office includes a Fire Marshal, who also serves as the lead in plan review for construction relating to fire safety; i.e. fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems, and two Deputy Fire Marshals.
Fire safety inspections are conducted annually to help identify and prevent potential fire code violations. The goal of these inspections is to decrease the number and severity of fires and largely used as an opportunity to educate business owners and occupants. The Fire Prevention Office hopes that by educating people on potential fire code violations the business community will have the background to self-police and correct these issues as they develop. Fire safety inspections use the International Fire Code as a standard.

Fire inspectors conduct inspections of businesses, churches, schools, hospitals, residential buildings of 3 or more units on a single parcel, and other state mandated inspections, including inspections referred by tax and licensing for new businesses.

There is no cost for a fire inspection in the City of Bremerton. Inspectors make routine inspections of all public spaces, which include areas like hallways, exit balconies, assembly rooms, utility and laundry rooms and garages. Unless requested by an owner, annual inspections are routine and normally do not require appointments, unless there are special hazards and/or the building is very large, which requires the assistance of a building engineer to complete the inspection.

For a list of common fire code violations, or focus areas, click here.