Office of the Fire Marshal
Life safety is the focus of present day fire departments. This area involves all of the proactive measures and services that the Winter Park Fire Rescue Department provides to the community to prevent and reduce losses. The Office of the Fire Marshal is managed by Scott Donovan.
The Fire Marshal is responsible for the enforcement of the provisions of the Standard Fire Prevention Code, NFPA Life Safety Code, National Fire Codes and all state and local ordinances related to fire protection and life safety.
The primary function of the Office is to reduce the frequency, probability and severity of fire resulting in loss of life and property. This is accomplished by conducting frequent quality inspections in all commercial buildings, reviewing construction blueprints for code compliance, fire investigations and conducting educational classes for the public. The false fire alarm ordinance, lock box program, fire lane enforcement, occupant load/exit checks in assembly occupancies, computerized inspection file maintenance, company fire inspection and prefire planning programs are overseen by this Section.
Fire Inspection Services
Certified and highly qualified Municipal Firesafety Inspectors licensed by the State of Florida conduct fire safety inspections on all existing commercial buildings. The primary purpose of these inspections is to reduce and/or eliminate fire hazards that could increase the probability and/or the severity of fires within our community.
Fire inspections are also conducted on all commercial buildings that are under construction. These inspections are conducted to insure compliance with all fire and building codes prior to occupancy. State and local ordinances mandate all inspections. Residential homes are inspected upon request from the homeowners.
Fire Inspection Request Line
Commercial Construction Plans Review
All new construction within commercial buildings must be permitted prior to work being conducted. Construction documents are submitted for approval. The blueprints are reviewed by a certified Plans Reviewer to insure all work is according to all applicable codes and ordinances. The Reviewer acts as a fire code consultant to expedite the process and insure all rules and regulations are adhered to.
A preliminary plans review process is extremely helpful to a developer, builder or property owner and welcomed by the Winter Park Fire Department. In many cases this process has reduced the cost of the project considerably due to the fact that any discrepancies are found early on.
The Department’s Public Fire Education programs are administered by the Office of the Fire Marshal. All aspects of the department’s effort to reduce the loss of life and property from fire and other dangerous hazards is a responsibility of the Office of the Fire Marshal.