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The Division Chief/Fire Marshal is responsible for a myriad of life safety inspections, commercial/residential plan reviews and working with our customers to assure the safest environment possible. Each Year, more than 4,000 Americans die and more than 25,000 are injured in fires, many of which could have been prevented. Direct property loss due to fires is estimated at 8.6 billion annually. Prevention is the key and carelessness kills don’t mess with fire. Plan Prevention for your home and business--safety doesn’t happen by accident! Here’s some tips for fire safety:

1. Plan and practice an escape route and be sure everyone in the building knows the drill.

2. Know what to do when fire strikes. Get down low to the floor and crawl below the smoke, check doors for heat with the back of your hand before you open them. Have two ways to get out. If you plan on using a window make sure it opens and if needed you have a chain ladder to use when on the second floor.

3. Take protective measures by placing smoke detectors and carbon dioxide detectors in your home and sleeping areas. Make sure you maintain each unit check each month for operation and change batteries once a year. Properly working detectors can decrease your chances of dying in a fire by half.

4. Install fire extinguishers type A-B-C in your home and business. Teach everyone how to use fire extinguishers use the acronym (PASS) Pull pin, Aim at the base of the fire, Squeeze the handle, and Sweep the fire side to side.

The Storey County Fire Department currently maintains an Interlocal Contract with the State of Nevada for all plan reviews and inspections, including Educational Facilities, State Buildings, Medical Facilities and cursory Hazardous Materials Facilities. This Contract is attached as information for our customers.

It is the responsibility of the State Fire Marshal to adopt the newest International Fire Codes. We must then adhere to these codes and cannot be less stringent than the codes in which they have adopted. Our department can however be more stringent than codes adopted by the State Fire Marshal and we have implemented amendments to the State Codes as attached for your review.

Commercial buildings require the General Contractor or Owner to submit plans for fire and life safety review. This is condensed into a comprehensive packet of information. Download here.

Annual inspections are required for all business that either required a business license are or renewing a business license. These are scheduled during winter in an effort to not inconvenience our customers. You may download this form so that you will know what we are inspecting for prior to our arrival and therefore hopefully expediting the process to not burden our customers unnecessarily.

Due to the environment and constant threat of wildfires within our County we conduct annual residential inspections. These are referred to as “30’ Clearance Inspections”. You may download this form by clicking here. Another valuable resource to the home owner is a publication from the Nevada Cooperative Extension “Living with Fire”.

The County Commissioners have also adopted the following fire codes and regulations:

8.12.010 Inspection authority.

It is the duty of the fire chief, or other designated officer, to inspect or cause to be inspected, as often as may be necessary, but not less than annually, commercial structures, premises, vacant lots and public thoroughfares, except the interiors of private dwellings, for the purpose of ascertaining and causing it be corrected any condition liable to cause fire, or any violation of the provisions or intent of any ordinance affecting the fire hazards. (Ord. 174 § 1, 2002)
 

8.12.020 Order to abate.

Whenever an officer finds in any building or upon any premises or other place, combustible or explosive matter or dangerous accumulation of rubbish or unnecessary accumulation of wastepaper, boxes, shavings, weeds, brush or any other highly inflammable materials, especially liable to fire, old and unused outhouses or buildings which are so situated as to endanger property, or finds obstructions to or on fire escapes, stairs, passageways, doors, or windows liable to interfere with the operations of the fire department, or egress of occupants in case of fire, he shall order the same to be removed or remedied and such order shall forthwith be complied with by the owner or occupant of such premises or building, subject to appeal within five days to the board of county commissioners, who shall within fifteen days review such order and file its decision thereon, and unless the order is revoked or modified, it shall remain in full force and be obeyed by such owner or occupant. (Ord. 3 § 2, 1956)
 

8.12.030 Order to abate--Service.

The service of any order shall be made upon the occupant of the premises, to whom it is directed by either delivering a true copy of same to such occupant personally or by delivering the same to and leaving it with any person in charge of the premises, or in case no such person is found, upon the premises by affixing a copy thereof in a conspicuous place on the door or to the entrance of said premises. Whenever it may be necessary to serve such an order upon the owner of premises, such order may be served either by delivering to and leaving with the said person a true copy of said order, or, if such owner is absent from the jurisdiction of the officer making the order, by mailing such copy to said owner's last known post office address. (Ord. 3 § 4, 1956)
 

8.12.040 Order to abate--Failure to comply.

Any owner or occupant failing to comply or commence substantial compliance with such order within five days after the appeal shall have been determined, or if no appeal is taken, then within five days after the service of said order, shall be liable to a penalty as stated in Section 8.12.050 of this chapter. (Ord. 3 § 3, 1956)
 

8.12.050 Right of entry--Penalty for violation.

Fire inspection officials may, with the consent of the owner or occupant of any premises, enter such premises or property to inspect the same for fire hazards. All other entries by such officials shall be on presentation of a warrant except in exigent (emergency) circumstances. Failure to comply with directives given to correct identified fire hazards may result in a misdemeanor prosecution. (Ord. 3A § 5, 1956)

 

Other resources available to our community are educational presentations/demonstrations by request.

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