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.
Marshal Flower’s commitment to Ohio includes serving in the legislature from 2001 to 2008 representing the 19th and 24th Ohio House Districts; as the Madison Township (Franklin County) Administrator; as Madison Township Fire Chief from 1978 to 2000.
Flowers began his fire service career as a volunteer with the Kirkersville Fire Department (now West Licking Joint Fire District) in 1970 before joining the Baltimore (Fairfield County) Fire Department and then becoming a full-time firefighter and paramedic with the Sharon Township Fire Department (now Worthington Fire Department). He was named fire chief of the Madison Township Fire Department in 1978, a position he held until retirement in 2000. Marshal Flowers was an EMT, rescue, fire and Haz-Mat instructor during his fire service career. He also served on the board of the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association and as a consultant for a private fire and EMS firm.
The State Fire Council has many important responsibilities. The Council conducts the review and selection process that results in the appointment of the State Fire Marshal by the Director of Commerce. They conduct research, create reports on fire safety, and recommend to the Governor, the General Assembly, the Board of Building Standards, and other state agencies, any needed changes in laws, rules, or administrative policies relating to fire safety. The Council is also in charge of maintaining the Ohio Fire Service Hall of Fame.
The State Fire Council is made up of 10 qualified Ohioans appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. These members represent eight stakeholder groups, including the general public, regulated industries, the fire service and local government. Their mission is to help make Ohio safer from the hazards of fire and assist in reducing the regulatory burden on Ohio’s business community.
Nominate a firefighter, fire safety educator or fire service instructor for their act[s] above and beyond their basic duties and responsibilities, and for exemplifying the finest traditions of the fire service.
The Code Enforcement Bureau has primary responsibility for standards set by the Ohio Fire Code. Inspectors work alongside local officials to conduct fire safety inspections to ensure Ohio’s schools, nursing homes and other facilities meet the high standard set by the Ohio Fire Code to safeguard the lives and property of some of Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens.
The Fire & Explosion Investigation Bureau is a law enforcement agency tasked with investigating the origin and cause of fire, explosions and fireworks incidents in Ohio. Investigators stand ready, 24 hours a day, to assist local fire and police departments in combating the crime of arson and bringing perpetrators to justice.
In 1973, Ohio became the first state in the nation to develop a forensic laboratory specializing in fire and explosive evidence. The Division of State Fire Marshal Forensic Laboratory provides specialized investigative and training services to fire departments and law enforcement agencies across Ohio with professionalism and timely response. The team of scientists and fire specialists at the Forensic Laboratory conduct scientific examinations of ignitable liquids, fire debris, explosives, latent prints and video and audio evidence.
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Having working smoke detectors in your home and an escape plan with two ways out greatly increases your chances of surviving a fire. The Fire Prevention Bureau’s S.A.F.E. (Smoke Alarms For Everyone) Program helps to provide smoke detectors to those who otherwise can’t afford them.
The $500,000 for Firefighter I training provided in the most recent budget passed by the Ohio General Assemble and signed by Governor John R. Kasich has been utilized for this fiscal year. But thanks to the Bureau of Workers Compensation, an additional $1 million is now available for the training. You can apply for the grant by clicking here.
Political subdivisions, including Community Improvement Corporations, can now apply for the loan to begin, continue, or complete the removal, assessment, or corrective action related to underground storage tanks located within that political subdivision’s geographic boundaries. To apply, click here.
On March 23, 2015, HB178 goes into effect. Part of that legislation includes changes to school fire and safety drills. For information on what those changes are, click here.
Marshal Flowers continues his stops around the state to talk with local fire departments. He’s also awarding grants to help fire departments get the right training and equipment to better serve their communities.
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