The Fire Marshal's office fulfills a support role in the overall mission of the Salem Fire and EMS. The office is responsible for enforcing the current Statewide Fire Prevention Code, which has been adopted by the City of Salem. Also, the following responsibilities fall under the Fire Marshal's office:
Performing safety inspections
Reviewing plans for development
Investigations of incidents involving fires
Salem Fire-EMS Department's Fire Marshal's office employs two full-time personnel for inspections and investigations.
Battalion Chief/Fire Marshal Robert Paxton and Captain/Deputy Fire Marshal Todd Bedwell, conduct annual inspections of restaurants, schools, and industrial premises.
The Fire Marshal has a steady schedule of inspections and calling to schedule is not currently possible. If you have a new business or have questions about when your premises will be inspected, call the Fire Marshal's office at 540-375-3080.