The Fire Marshal’s office fulfills a support role in the overall mission of the Salem Fire & 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, environmental crimes and bombings, as well as public education, public information and other related issues.
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.
Virginia Fire Code
View current Virginia Fire Code to see that your business is in compliance.