Prevention Division

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The Fire Prevention Division aims to reduce risks in our community through a number of methods. The Division, consisting of an Assistant Chief, five Fire Marshals, one Fire and Life Safety Educator and an administrative assistant, provides services to the community including fire safety education, fire investigations, code enforcement, inspections and plans review and bomb squad response. 
 
Bomb Squad
The Springfield Fire Department Regional Bomb Squad is the busiest in the State of Missouri and responds to calls throughout 17 counties in southwest Missouri. 

Code Enforcement and Development
Springfield Fire Marshal ensure the safety of citizens through the enforcement of the International Fire Code, as adopted by the City of Springfield. The Department issues a number of permits to ensure that special events and activities requiring fire department approval are safe and conducted in accordance with applicable codes.  Fire Marshals also respond to complaints about fire code violations.  To file a complaint, contact us.

Community Education
The Fire and Life Safety Educator provides educational information to enhance public awareness about fire and life safety issues. A variety of community outreach programs are available to meet the needs of both children and adults.

Fire Investigations
All Springfield Fire Marshals are trained Fire Investigators. Responsibilities include determining the cause and origin of fires and investigating suspected cases of arson.  Each Fire Marshal is also a commissioned law enforcement officer with full arrest powers to assist in these duties.  To report arson, contact us.

Inspections
Fire Marshals and Fire Crews are responsible for conducting site and building inspections. Depending on the type of business and associated hazards, these inspections are conducted annually, every 3 years or every 5 years.  Businesses may request an inspection by contacting us.
  
KNOX-Box for Rapid Entry
Administration of the Knox Box Rapid Entry System for Emergency Access is managed by the SFD Fire Prevention Division.  Key lock boxes allow for quick access and may reduce property damage. For more information, contact us or purchase online.

Plans Review
One way the Springfield Fire Department proactively reduces the risk of fires is through plans reviews.  Fire Marshals review all new construction and major remodeling projects for fire code compliance including fire department access, water supply for firefighting, sprinkler systems and more.