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 full time staff of 7 uniformed personnel and 1 civilian support person, who carry out the division's duties.
Fire Prevention consists primarily of 3 activities: inspections, investigations and education.
Building inspections consists of pre-construction meetings, site (civil) plans review and building (architectural) plans review, 50% inspections, fire wall inspections, final inspections and issuing permits. Please note that all building inspections need to be called into the Fire Marshal's Office at least 24 hours in advance. We also conduct inspections for land clearing burn permits and process complaints from the public. Our inspectors and the citizens work together to ensure safety for all.
Fire Marshal Investigators are appointed by the Fire Chief and appropriately trained to investigate fires for arson and to determine the origin or cause of a fire incident.
Education includes the development of programs and classes on topics such as fire safety, water safety, bike/helmet safety, child passenger safety, poison prevention and fire escape planning, just to name a few. Programs are educationally sound and age appropriate and can be tailored to meet the needs of the audience. Education classes are provided to all ages and venues. Classes and programs are provided upon request.