The members of the Fire Marshal's Office dedicate their efforts to providing a secure and superior quality of life for the citizens, visitors and the investors through code enforcement, education and fire investigations. The members further commit to cooperative relationships with other public safety organizations and code enforcement groups with common goals.
Battalion Chief Daniel Rakes is the Fire Marshal, who supervises Fire Inspections, Investigations and Life Safety Education. Members of the Fire Marshal's Office enforce the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and related state laws found in the Code of Virginia. one of the goals of this office is to educate property owners and occupants of any fire hazards that are found in commercial properties. Inspectors visit businesses on a 1 to 3 year rotation. Inspectors review fire protection systems, handle citizen inquiries, issue fire code operational permits and investigate environmental crimes within the City. The Life Safety Education staff provides citizens with life-saving information through various federal law enforcement agencies.
There is 1 Captain serves as the Deputy Fire Marshal, supervising the daily operations. Currently, there are 6 fire inspectors assigned to inspections - 1 full time and 7 part time, and also 10 personnel that are assigned to investigations.
Deputy Fire Marshal
Captain Ronnie Campbell is responsible for the daily supervision of fire inspections and fire investigations. He manages the Knox Box Program, holiday and special event planning, manages permitting for fireworks and pyrotechnics and open burning permits. Captain Campbell is also assigned to the Blue Ridge Environmental Crimes Task Force, conducts plan reviews for new construction, addresses hoarding issues and other code enforcement issues with the city's Code Team.
If you have a complaint that is an emergency, please contact 911.
You can contact the Fire Marshal's Office at 540-853-2795.