What is the purpose of the division?
The Division of State Fire Marshal
protects life, property, and the environment from the devastation of fire. The division also provides oversight and administration of the Florida Firefighters Occupational Safety and Health Act (Ch. 633 Part V
, Florida Statutes
), which governs workplace safety for fire departments and volunteer and career firefighters.
What services does the division provide?
The division is organized into two bureaus, which provide the services described below.
- Fire Prevention inspects state-owned and state-leased buildings and develops the statewide Florida Fire Prevention Code. The bureau also evaluates new building and renovation construction plans to determine compliance with fire safety codes and licenses fire protection contractors, fireworks manufacturers and distributors, explosive storage locations, and construction mining sites. In addition, the bureau assists local governments in providing fire prevention services, and inspects boiler systems to determine compliance with state codes.
- Fire Standards and Training provides state certification and training for both paid and volunteer firefighters. The bureau operates the Florida State Fire College, regulates 44 certified fire training centers, and approves curricula for the state fire college, training centers, and colleges that provide courses accepted for certification.
How timely is the division in ensuring compliance with fire safety codes?
In Fiscal Year 2018-19, the division completed 100% of fire code inspections within statutory timeframes.
How are these activities funded?
State Fire Marshal.
The 2020 Florida Legislature enacted Ch. 2020-96
, Laws of Florida, SB 1092
which creates the Firefighter Cancer Decontamination Equipment Grant Program within the Division of the State Fire Marshal to provide financial assistance to qualifying fire departments to help procure equipment, supplies, and educational training material designed to mitigate exposure to hazardous, cancer-causing chemicals. The bill also authorizes the State Fire Marshal to adopt rules and procedures to administer the program, including for the approval of applications and development of need-based criteria.
The bill requires grant recipients to:
- Obtain a minimum 25 percent nonstate funds;
- Report their activity to the Division of State Fire Marshal for submission in the Fire and Emergency Incident Information Reporting System;
- Comply with the Florida Firefighters Occupational Safety and Health Act; and
- Comply with any other rule determined by the State Fire Marshal to effectively implement, administer, and manage the program.
Finally, for Fiscal Year 2020-2021, the bill appropriates $250,000 in general revenue funds to implement the program.
Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?
A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website
Where can I get more information?
Total Cost of Fire in the United States, National Fire Protection Association, October 2017.
United States Firefighter Injuries-2017, National Fire Protection Association, November 2018.
An Overview of the U.S. Fire Problem, National Fire Protection Association, March 2017
Trends and Patterns of U.S. Fire Losses, National Fire Protection Association, January 2017.
Job Analysis Study Technical Report, For the Positions of Career and Volunteer Firefighter in the State of Florida, Developed for the Division of State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Fire Standards and Training, Industrial/Organizational Solutions, 2015.
Statewide Emergency Response Plan (SERP), Florida Fire Chiefs' Association, July 2015.
Websites of Interest
Florida Fire Chiefs' Association
International Association of Fire Chiefs
International Association of Fire Fighters
National Association of State Fire Marshals
National Fire Protection Association
National Volunteer Fire Council
U.S. Fire Administration
Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan
What are the applicable statutes?
(Manufacture, Distribution, and Use of Explosives), 554
(Boiler Safety), 624
(Insurance Code: Administration and General Provisions), 633
(Fire Prevention and Control), 791
(Sale of Fireworks), and 806
(Arson and Criminal Mischief), Florida Statutes
Whom do I contact for help?
Division of State Fire Marshal, 850-413-3170