"FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU"
The Fire Prevention Bureau is a Division of the Shawnee Fire Department and is headed by Fire Marshal David Anderson. The Fire Marshal is assisted by the Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Rusk and their duties include the following:
All commercial structures in Shawnee must comply with the adopted "BOCA National Fire Prevention Code." This code is used to ensure that all structures are built and maintained in a fire safe manner.
Every member of the Fire Prevention Bureau is a commissioned police officer. Their responsible to determine the origin and cause of fires that could not be determined by suppression or result in fatalities, large monetary loss, or are suspicious. If a fire is deemed an arson the case will be pursued and guilty parties will be prosecuted through the District Attorney's Office.
Educating the public about fire safety is perhaps one of the most important job we do. Our efforts to teach fire safety can be seen in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, day care facilities, businesses, civic groups, public events, and any other location where an audience can be found.
Plan Review We review fire systems and new construction plans in conjunction with the building department. The review process enables the fire department to ensure that all fire and safety requirements are included in the construction of new facilities. Items such as proper exiting, use of fire resistive construction, location of fire hydrants, the installation of fire sprinkler systems and fire alarm systems will all be considered.
DID YOU KNOW...
Smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States and in 2010, there were an estimated 90,800 smoking-material fires in the United States. These fires caused 610 civilian deaths, 1,570 civilian injuries and $663 million in direct property damage.
One home structure fire was reported every 87 seconds in 2009 and most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms and dens or in bedrooms.
On average, seven people died in home fires every day. Adults 65 and over face the highest risk of fire death and nearly half (45%) of fatal home smoking-material fire victims were age 65 or older.
In 2009, U.S. fire departments responded to 362,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 12,650 civilian injuries, 2,565 civilian deaths, $7.6 billion in direct damage.