Fire Prevention and Life Safety Division

The Fire Prevention and Life Safety Division is overseen by Division Chief/Fire Marshal JD Pepper and the division is responsible for maintaining a safe environment in the Fire District through a professional balance of education, engineering, community outreach and compliance through proactive Community Risk Reduction.

The Fire Prevention and Life Safety Division is divided into three sections to better serve the public: Community Development, Community Compliance and Community Preparedness.

Community Development ensures all new construction in the Fire District is code compliant and is actively involved in the planning and review process of all new construction. Staff works with developers prior to building design to ensure code requirements are understood and met. Fire District personnel review plans prior to construction and issue permits for varies construction related projects. Once plans are approved and permits have been issued, inspections are conducted to ensure compliance with approved plans, codes, and/or standards.

Fire Inspectors conduct maintenance inspections on all existing commercial occupancies throughout the Fire District to ensure fire code compliance and fire and life safety standards continue to be met. Residential home safety surveys are also offered upon request.

Community Compliance ensures fire and life safety within varies existing facilities throughout the District, by performing maintenance inspections. The District has a variety of complex occupancy inspections from assembly, manufacturing, and storage. The section also oversees the District’s Fire Mitigation (Red Tag Green Tag and Firewise) program as well as regulating the issuance of burn permits and burn days.

Another role of Community Compliance is fire investigations. A fire investigation is conducted to determine a fire’s origin and cause. Timber Mesa Fire District Fire Investigators are trained specialist that use a systematic approach and knowledge of basic fire science to conduct their investigation. Fire Investigators are also trained to gather evidence for prosecution in the event a fire is arson related.

Community Preparedness empowers the public with knowledge so that they can prepare for any type of emergency situation. Community preparedness promotes fire and life safety education to all segments of the population and works in partnership with community groups, volunteer organizations, non-profits, our local schools and community leaders. Community Preparedness oversees the Fire Districts social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.