Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal, Kelly Clements oversees the Fire Prevention Division. The Fire Marshal's office plays a pivotal role in maintaining the safety mission of the department and strives to develop proactive risk management awareness through plan review, fire code enforcement and public education. The Fire Marshal's office is also responsible for fire investigations. Fire prevention involves:
- Conducting annual inspections on all businesses.
- Providing public education.
- Conducting residential and commercial inspections during construction.
- Reviewing construction plans.
- Investigations to determine the origin and cause of fires.
The department is responsible for conducting life safety inspections for all new construction projects, existing commercial properties, and sprinkled residential structures. In addition to new construction all existing commercial businesses are inspected on an annual basis.
The department is committed to preserving life and property through public education. We are honored to accomplish our mission by offering public education programs on a variety of safety topics. Some of the topics include child passenger safety, fall prevention for the older adult, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and fire safety.
The Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal reviews commercial and residential plans to ensure compliance with the 2015 International Fire Code and adopted amendments which are all approved by the Southlake City Council.
In addition, the Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal reviews plans to ensure other national standards are addressed and properly applied, such as requirements from the National Fire Protection Association.
After the Fire
While prevention of fires and accidents remains the priority of the Fire Department, inevitably fires do occur. When that happens, the Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal is responsible for conducting the investigation to determine the origin and cause of the fire.