Bureau of Fire Prevention
The Bureau of Fire Prevention (also known as the Hall County Fire Marshal's Office) is responsible for Fire/Life Safety Education, Inspections, and Investigations for Hall County and all municipalities not including the city of Gainesville. The Fire Marshal supervises a fulltime staff of (4) uniformed personnel and (1) civilian support person, who carry out the divisions duties.
Fire Prevention consists primarily of three activities which are building engineering, code enforcement and fire/life safety education;
Engineering consist of pre-construction meetings, site (civil) plans review and building (architectural) plans review.
Enforcement involves the inspectors and the citizens working together to ensure the safety of all. This includes issuing permits, pre-construction inspections, 50% inspections, fire wall inspections and final inspections. The three field inspectors also conduct inspections for land clearing burn permits and process complaints from the public. Another job duty in this area is to perform all fire/arson investigations. Please note that all inspections need to be called into the Fire Marshal's Office at least 24 hours in advance.
Education includes programs to all citizens covering topics such as fire safety, water safety, bike/helmet safety, child passenger safety, poison prevention and fire escape planning just to name a few. Download more detailed information
By numbers this may be a small staff but you would not be able to tell by the hours worked or programs conducted. All six uniformed staff members are salaried employees but work well over the typical "40 hour" work week by serving the citizens in extra programs such as the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, Hall County Explorer Post, Gainesville/Hall County Safe Kids, Life South Community Blood Center and numerous other professional organizations as well as being placed "on-call" for cause and origin of fires.