Fire Prevention

Division Responsibilities 

The Fire Prevention Division, headed by Deputy Chief / Fire Marshal Chris Vike, encompasses the areas of enforcement, engineering, and arson investigations. Fire code enforcement responsibilities are shared between the Fire Prevention Division and the Emergency Services Divisions. Technical support for these inspections is provided as necessary by the Fire Prevention Division which performs most enforcement functions.

Enforcement Activities 

Enforcement activities include the following:

  • Issuing permits
  • Counseling juvenile fire setters
  • Fire investigations
  • Conducting target hazard inspections in selected occupancies
  • Providing training to Emergency Services Division personnel on fire inspections, investigations, and fire Protection systems

Conducting Investigations 

While each fire officer is trained in fire origin and cause investigations, the Fire Prevention Division members are certified to conduct complex investigations, including the filing of arson charges when criminal acts have been committed and providing expert courtroom testimony.

Fire Protection Engineering 

A key responsibility of the Fire Prevention Division, Fire Protection Engineering links Plano Fire Rescue to the developing community. Several services are available to builders and developers, including plan review, environmental site assessments, permits, and new / existing life safety systems inspections. Members of the division are involved in the development of national, state, and local codes and ordinances which will ensure that fire-safe facilities will be built and maintained for years to come.