The Fire Prevention Bureau consists of Code Enforcement and Arson Investigations.
Reducing the number of fatalities, injuries and property losses due to fire is the primary focus of the Memphis Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Program. The fundamental components of this program include Public Education, Code Enforcement, Arson Investigation and Anti-Neglect. Employees trained in these areas include state-certified Fire Inspectors, Anti-Neglect Field Inspectors, Fire Education Specialists and Fire Investigators. These men and women penetrate each segment of the Memphis Community through daily face-to-face contact with the public.
Mission Statement:The Fire Prevention Bureau will increase the level of fire safety within the City of Memphis through the performance of comprehensive fire inspections, investigations and effective public education. We are currently under 2009 IFC Fire Code.
To become nationally recognized as a leader in the development and implementation of effective fire safety programs.
Use the ‘Memphis Fire’ section of the Develop 901 Citizen Portal to apply for fire permits and inspection applications.
Fire Investigators conduct detailed investigations and interrogations to determine the origins of fires. As a result of recently enacted state laws, investigators now have police powers to expedite the process of apprehending individuals involved in arson-related incidents.
Fire Reports can be picked up in person at 2201 Lamar Ave | Memphis, TN 38114
M-F 7 am-3:30 pm and closed for lunch from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Fire Code Enforcement
In addition to conducting annual inspections of hospitals, hotels, schools and certain other structures, Fire Inspectors perform in-depth plan reviews and conduct detailed inspections of all new buildings and alterations for compliance with fire and life safety code requirements. Contact is made to ensure such within 48 hours of notification.
2668 Avery Ave. Memphis, TN 38112 phone 636-5401
portal link for requesting inspections and permits https://aca-prod.accela.com/SHELBYCO/Default.aspx
One of the keys to fire prevention is educating the public through various programs and activities. One of these programs, the Juvenile Fire Setter Program targets and educates children involved in incidents of fire setting or equipment tampering. This intervention redirects children’s interests, which ultimately decreases fire loss due to juvenile arson.
In between presentations made at schools, nursing homes and other local facilities, Fire Education Specialists lead tours while teaching fire safety at the Fire Museum of Memphis. This unique interactive fire safety facility is one of the most popular educational and historical attractions in Memphis.
Fire Museum of Memphis
118 Adams Ave. Memphis TN 38103 phone 636-5650
Hours: M-F 8 am to 4:30 pm
Fire Prevention Program
Reducing the number of fatalities, injuries and property losses due to fire is the primary focus of the Memphis Fire Department’ s Fire Prevention Program. The fundamental components of this program include Public Education, Code Enforcement and Arson Investigation. Employees trained in these areas include state-certified Fire Inspectors, Fire Education Specialists and Fire Investigators. These employees penetrate each segment of the Memphis Community through daily face-to-face contact with the public.
Fire Protection Plan
In order to reduce the rate of fire incidents, the Memphis Fire Department developed the Fire Protection Plan as a mechanism to reach high-risk fire management zones. The concept involves the use of statistical information to identify high-risk areas. Once high-risk areas are identified, one or more companies of firefighters blitz targeted areas to ensure that every occupied residence has a working smoke detector.
During each blitz, firefighters and other Fire Services personnel actually visit each occupied residence within specific fire management zones to check for working smoke detectors. Discrepancies such as the lack of smoke detectors, defective smoke detectors and smoke detectors with dead batteries or no batteries are recorded. Before each project is completed, all discrepancies are corrected by installing new smoke detectors or replacing missing or dead batteries.
OEM: OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Fielding thousands of phone calls annually, the OEM Dispatch area is the communications hub of the agency. Four highly-trained Operations Officers man two state-of-the-art communications consoles. They conduct daily communications with the public answering question about local emergencies, inclement weather, traffic signals and animal control issues. The dispatchers communicate with multiple agencies at the local, state, and federal level including the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA).
2668 Avery Ave, Memphis, TN
901-363-2525 | [email protected]
All too many times children are left by themselves and the result can be deadly. Children have a natural curiosity and the ability to copy the behaviors of their parents – such as using a lighter or match. These tools are nothing but a toy to a small child. For older children, using a lighter or match may be a way to act grown up. It only takes a few seconds for an unattended child to start a fire, so please make sure to discuss the dangers associated with these tools.
When cooking, turn pot handles inward to prevent small curious hands from severely burning themselves. Keep stoves clean. Grease can ignite if, for example, turkey drippings spill over. Never leave food unattended. Do not cook overnight.
Chimneys and Wood Stoves
The use of fireplaces and wood stoves has increased in recent years. When enjoying your fire, make sure that ventilation is adequate. Clean your chimney or wood stove out and draft once a year to prevent creosote build up.
Only use space heaters with an automatic cutoff device if turned over. Place heaters at least three (3) feet from furniture, drapes or other combustibles. Never leave your heater on when you are out or asleep. Tell your children never to stand or sit too close to the heater.
It’s tempting to plug lights, extension cords or other appliances into the handiest outlet. If you overload a circuit, you are asking for trouble. Never plug in more than two appliances in the same receptacle at one time. This also includes outside lighting.