Fire Prevention


The Fire and Life Safety Division is staffed by nine Fire Investigators, four Fire Inspectors, one Deputy Fire Marshal and one Fire Marshal. The responsibilities of our Division are divided into three areas:

Fire Code Compliance

The North Carolina Fire Prevention Code Addresses hazards and life-safety issues which can endanger business owners, employees, patrons, and fire fighters. Inspectors document violations and educate the responsible party on how to comply with the Code. The Fire Department strives to inspect all occupancies (with the exception of one and two-family dwellings) on an annual basis.

Plan Review

Responsible for reviewing plans to ensure that they are designed in compliance with the Code.  Reviewed plan types include:

  • Building construction plans
  • Fire alarm Systems
  • Fire sprinkler and standpipe systems
  • Restaurant hood
  • Spray booth
  • Extinguishing systems
  • Storage tank installation

Contractors submitting plans should follow the respective submittal requirements.


After a fire has been extinguished, suppression personnel will complete a preliminary investigation. If the cause of the fire cannot be determined, is suspicious, or involves a fatality, a fire investigator will respond to assist with the incident.

To anonymously report information concerning a fire, call the Arson Hotline at 336-773-7997 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.

The Fire and Life Safety Division represents the Fire Department in Operation Impact, the city initiative designed to address code violations and problem areas citywide.

Fire Protection System Impairments

In the event a required fire protection system must be taken out of service for repairs, maintenance, or another reason, a representative of your company must submit an Impairment Request to the Fire and Life Safety Division. A fire investigator will review the request and notify you if and when it is approved along with any requirements to be satisfied. The Impairment Request should be placed on company letterhead and indicate the following:

  • Type of System (Fire Alarm, Automatic Sprinkler, Standpipe, Clean Agent, etc.)
  • Dates and Times when system will be placed out of service and placed back into service
  • Location of System
  • Contact person and contact telephone numbers

The impairment request can be sent by e-mail to .

For additional information concerning the Fire and Life Safety Division, contact Tad Byrum at 336-773-7961 or e-mail him at .

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