The position of Fire Marshal / Fire Inspector was created in 1996 with a primary goal of enforcing the North Carolina Fire Prevention Code as mandated by the State. Additional functions include acting as a liaison between County Administration and the thirteen volunteer fire departments of the County, and providing assistance with fire investigation, when requested by the district fire chief.
Fire Prevention Code Enforcement
As defined by the Administration and Enforcement Requirements of the State Building Code, "The provisions of the Fire Prevention Code shall apply to the repair, equipment, use, occupancy, and maintenance of every existing building or structure, other than one or two family dwellings and townhouses. The provisions of the fire prevention code shall apply to the installation of fire protection systems for all buildings or structures, when required by code."
Code enforcement includes plan review and acceptance inspections of new fire suppression and life safety systems, and inspections for compliance of the Fire Prevention Code in existing occupancies, as required by the Code.
The minimum inspection schedule required by the Fire Prevention Code is as follows:
Once every year
- High Rise
- Residential, except one and two family dwellings, and only interior common areas of dwelling units of multi-family occupancies
Once every two years
- Educational (except public schools)
Once every three years
Public schools twice each school year
- The inspection schedule for public schools is a statutory requirement. Public school must be inspected for both fire and electrical hazards twice during each school year at least 120 days apart.
Private and commercial facilities are required to pay a user fee for inspections.