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Fire Prevention Bureau

The Bureau of Fire Prevention

The Bureau of Fire Prevention is responsible to prevent fires from starting, to provide safety education in case of fire, to investigate and identify suspicious fires and environmental crimes through proactive enforcement of Fire, Life Safety, and Environmental Code requirements in the City of Long Beach. The Bureau is responsible for Fire Code Enforcement, Plan Check, Fire Investigation, Arson Prosecution, Environmental Investigations and Records Management. It over sees community services divisions, including Public Information and CERT.

The Fire Prevention Bureau is managed by the a Deputy Chief who also serves as the Fire Marshal for the city. Staff includes two Deputy Fire Marshal(s), a Port Assistant Chief, Fire Captain(s), Fire Inspectors, Fire Investigators, an Environmental Crimes Investigator, civilian Fire Plan Reviewers and Hazmat Specialists. Clerical support for the Bureau is supplied by a Secretary, Assistant Administrative Analyst and Clerk Typists.

Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal

The Long Beach Fire Prevention Bureau's objectives, organization, functions and responsibilities work towards the primary goal of preventing fires before they happen. This goal is achieved by assuring that newly constructed buildings are designed with correct fire protection and life safety systems built into them. Existing structures must meet fire code requirements and standards.

To insure this, the Code Enforcement Section performs annual inspections for compliance and issues permits for storage, use or handling of hazardous materials or hazardous activities.

The bureau also has the responsibility of enforcing state underground storage tank regulations and community Right-to-Know laws.

Guiding the overall program of prevention is common sense, economics and the desires of the community.

The Fire Prevention Bureau promotes all of the modern day resources available to it, and is continually training officers in all areas of prevention knowledge necessary to carry out an effective program.

The Fire Prevention Bureau works as a complete unit with a "fire marshal" in charge of the bureau's function.

The fire marshal is in charge of the various bureau sections and its captains; maintains community awareness through public relations; keeps a growing knowledge of the other City departments and their functions with relation to the bureau; and has authority over decision-making for the bureau.

The bureau is divided into sections by area of responsibility which include Public Education and Information, New Construction/Plan Review, Harbor Area, Special Events, Underground Tank/HazMat, Cannabis Planning and Enforcement, Code Enforcement, and Investigations Arson/Environmental.

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