ABOUT THE DIVISION OF STATE FIRE MARSHAL
Who are we?
Ohio's Division of State Fire Marshal, located in
Reynoldsburg, is the oldest established
office of its kind in the United States.
It consists of eight bureaus: Administration, Bureau of Underground Storage Tank
Regulation (BUSTR), Code Enforcement,
Fire Prevention, Forensic Laboratory, Investigation
Bureau, Ohio Fire Academy, and Testing and Registration.
The State Fire Marshal's Office has worked extensively in the areas of Incident
Command and Management, Weapons of Mass Destruction training, and personnel protection
equipment for all of Ohio's first responders, including fire, EMS, law enforcement,
health, and public works.
The SFM also is responsible for modernizing, promulgating and enforcing the Ohio Fire Code;
designing and presenting fire prevention programs; analyzing fire-related criminal evidence;
investigating the cause and origin of fires and explosions; training firefighters; providing fire
safety education to business, industry and the general public; regulating underground storage tanks;
testing and training; and licensing and certification support services.
What is our mission?
To safeguard the public, its property, and the environment from fire and related risks through education, regulation, investigation, and enforcement.
How are we structured?
The State Fire Marshal leads the following eight bureaus:
- The Administration section provides administrative, communications, fiscal, and legal
support for the State Fire Marshal's Office. It also organizes special events such as
the Ohio Fire Service Hall of Fame ceremony.
- The Fire & Explosion Investigation Bureau investigates fires and explosions throughout Ohio.
- The Forensic Laboratory analyzes evidence from fires and explosions as well as hazardous
material leaks and spills.
- The Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR) regulates and enforces Ohio's underground storage tank regulations.
- The Fire Prevention Bureau educates Ohio's citizens about preventing fires and promotes
good fire and life safety practices for individuals, schools, homes, and businesses.
- The Code Enforcement Bureau inspects hotels, motels, hospitals, and other buildings to ensure that they are
up to the standards set by the Ohio Fire Code.
- The Ohio Fire Academy provides training to firefighters and emergency responders
through diverse, accredited courses on campus and through the Direct Delivery Program.
- The Testing & Registration Bureau oversees the regulatory responsibilities
of the companies and individuals licensed and regulated by the Division of State Fire Marshal.
Who do we serve?
- Citizens of Ohio
- Citizens and visitors who rely on safe hospitals, nursing homes, hotels, and other buildings
- Victims of all fires, including arson
- Firefighters and emergency responders
- The underground storage tank community
- Students and others who learn about fire and life safety practices and fire prevention
What do we do?
How are we funded?
All bureaus except BUSTR obtain funding from an assessment on fire insurance premiums
sold in Ohio.
BUSTR receives some federal grants and derives other funds from program and service