Fire Prevention

Division Responsibilities

The Fire Prevention Division, headed by Deputy Chief / Fire Marshal David Kerr, encompasses the areas of enforcement, engineering, and arson investigations. Fire code enforcement responsibilities are shared between the community risk reduction and emergency services divisions. To provide fire safe facilities, the in-service Fire Company Inspection Program ensures that each business in Plano is inspected on a regular basis by district fire companies. Technical support for these inspections is provided as necessary by the Fire Prevention Division which performs most other 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 Community Risk Reduction 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 Community Risk Reduction 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.