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Fire Prevention​​



​Mission Statem​​ent

The Fire Prevention Division will provide a high level of life safety and property protection for the community and first responders through inspection, education and enforcement.​​


Jack Ballentine, Fire MarshalFire Prevention is the inspection, education and enforcement division of the fire department providing life safety services through code enforcement and inspections during the new business development process, general fire inspections, operating and special use permitting and complaint investigation.

Fire Prevention is the key to saving lives and property. Fire Prevention education is the first step in the Fire Department's commitment to protecting the lives and property of our citizens, guests and neighboring communities. 

​​The Phoenix Fire Department's Fire Prevention Division is committed to providing you the most comprehensive information and assistance possible. This site will guide you to timely safety information, permit applications, inspections, forms and publications.  If you  have questions, please click​ here for our contact information.

​​      ​Fire Marshal Jack Ballentine


​Fire Prevention during the Super Bowl

With the conclusion of the Super Bowl and related events, comes a sense of satisfaction for the staff of Fire Prevention.  Their planning and actions led to a safe and successful experience for those who visited or worked in the downtown area.

Here are some examples of the activities that Fire Prevention conducted:

  • ​Inspections were conducted at all the restaurants in each terminal at Sky Harbor Airport.
  • Inspections were conducted on all the bars and restaurants in the downtown area to ensure compliance with the Fire Code, as well as determining the maximum number of occupants allowed inside (Occupant Load).
  • Inspections were conducted of the large resorts in the City of Phoenix.
  • Fire Inspectors worked with the downtown hi-rise hotel owners and operators to ensure all life safety system were functioning properly.
  • Fireworks shows were permitted and the inspectors provided firewatch during the events.
  • All downtown events were inspected prior to opening and were continually monitored until their conclusion.
  • Fire Captains and Inspectors continuously walked the downtown area to ensure fire lanes were open and accessible in the event a fire truck required access.

​Mobile Food Vehicles (Food Trucks)

​If you operate a Mobile Food Vehicle in the City of Phoenix, are you aware that Fire Department will inspect your Mobile Food Vehicle at all permitted outdoor events?  The Fire Department works in conjunction with Maricopa County Environmental Services to ensure these vehicles are safe.  The Phoenix Fire Code has requirements regarding hood systems, fire extinguishers and propane while Maricopa County Environmental Services issues a permit to each Mobile Food Vehicle operating within Maricopa County.  Please click here​ for more information on the Fire Code requirements for Mobile Food Vehicles and please visit​ for details on their permitting process.

Medical Gas Systems

​​​​Medical Gas Systems are commonly installed in Doctor and Dentist offices but many installers don't realize these systems require permits from the Fire Department to install them. Plans to install Medical Gas Systems need to be submitted to Fire Prevention at 150 S 12th Street. ​Please call Fire Inspector Brian Scholl at 602-319-2297 with any questions regarding Medical Gas Systems.  Here is the fire code summary for more information:  Medical Gas Systems​​


Fire Prevention Public Information Officer Safety Tips

Home Escape Plans​

2015 is here and the start of the new year is a great time to create and practice your home escape plan. This plan should include a map of your home showing all the doors and windows.  You need to know at least two ways out of your house in case your normal escape route is blocked.  You need to have an outside meeting place that's a safe distance from the house where everyone will meet ​so you can make sure everyone got out of the house safely. Finally...practice, practice, practice.  You need to practice your evacuation at least twice a year.  Please call Fire Prevention at 602-262-6771 for assistance in creating a Home Escape Plan.  Here are some more tips on Home Escape Plans:  Home Escape Plans​

Heating Safety

​​​In the Sonoran Desert, winter temperatures can become extremely cold.  Space heaters and other heating appliances are a leading cause of fires in the home.  Be safe this winter and follow these safety tips from the NFPA: Winter Heating Safety

Carbon​ Monoxide Safety

​Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless and an odorless gas that can make a person feel sick and can be deadly. In the home, heating  and cooking devices that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide.​  The Phoenix Fire Code requires CO Detectors in homes with fuel burning appliances or with attached garages.  Click on the link below to learn about CO safety and feel free to call Fire Prevention at 602-262-6771 with any questions about CO Detectors.  Carbon monoxide Safety Tips 

Aerial Luminaries

Aerial Luminaries, also known as Sky Lanterns or Chinese Lanterns, are not only dangerous but are illegal to use in the City of Phoenix.  Once these lanterns are airborne, there is no way to control their direction or where they land.  They can easily ignite a fire if they land on buildings or brush.  There have even been instances where these luminaries landed on children and caused severe burns.  Please click on the link below to learn more about the dangers of these lanterns:  Aerial Luminaries​​


Fire Prevention related news article:

Fire Inspection: Harrowing Tales from the Front Lines 

NFPA's Top Ten Fire Sprinkler Stories of 2014 ​

Home Fire Sprinklers Save Lives​

What is a Fire Inspector? 

​What is a Fire Inspector and what does one do?  Click below to find out that answer:

What is a Fire Inspector​





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