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Fire Prevention

The best way to protect life and property from fire is to prevent that fire from happening in the first place. Redwood City’s Fire Prevention Bureau works to educate the public and businesses about fire prevention, investigates the causes of fires and identifies and mitigates fire hazards. See the links to the left for more information about Fire Prevention.

Under the direction of the Fire Chief, the Redwood City Fire Prevention Bureau comprises of the following personnel:

  • Fire Marshal (shared with San Carlos Fire Department)
  • 2 Deputy Fire Marshals
  • Fire Prevention Secretary

The functions of the Fire Prevention Bureau include the following:

  • Fire Safety Plan Review
  • Fire Inspection of new and existing construction
  • Consultation with prospective developers and builders on public safety issues
  • Fire Investigation
  • Mitigating complaints and other fire hazards
  • Fire Public Education
  • Participate in community outreach programs
  • Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention Program

Deputy Fire Marshal:

A Deputy Fire Marshal possesses a combination of experience and education in the following areas:

  • Fire inspections
  • Fire investigations
  • Determining Origin and Cause of fires
  • Collecting and properly handling evidence
  • Ability to testify and present evidence in court
  • Ability to develop and implement community fire prevention programs
  • Interpret and enforce applicable codes, ordinances and laws
  • Knowledge of fire and life safety systems including, but not limited to fire sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, fire alarms systems



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