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 Fire Prevention & Public Education

Fire Prevention and Public Education is responsible for accomplishing several objectives.

The primary objectives are:

  • prevention of fires
  • elimination of fire and life safety hazards in buildings
  • review of site and development plans for new developments
  • review of building plans for new construction
  • maintenance of fire protection equipment and systems
  • enforcement of the basic building regulations of the State Fire Marshal as they apply to Sarasota County
  • dedication to enhancing public education in fire safety
  • creating a more business friendly community

On average, the Fire Prevention staff conducts:

  • 2,500 annual inspections
  • 2,500 fire alarm follow-ups
  • 500 site and development reviews
  • 1,100 building plans and safety systems reviews
  • 25,000 public education training contacts

 Team Up For Fire Safety


Smoke Detector Program

Smoke detection is the first line of defense for our constituency to give an early warning that a smoke or fire condition exists within their homes. As we continue to work toward a fire safe community and helping those who need a smoke detector for their home, the Fire Prevention Bureau along with the Suppression Division have been proactive with the Fire Department’s Smoke Detector Program.

Over the years, Fire Department personnel have installed over 250 smoke detectors upon request of a homeowner or tenant. In addition to installing the detector, we provide the opportunity for a home safety inspection. We are always available to answer questions or hear concerns about fire and life safety issues.


 Fire Prevention/Inspection Survey


 National Fire Prevention Week

The history of National Fire Prevention Week has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire, which occurred on Oct. 9, 1871. Our annual October event gives the community the opportunity to meet the Sarasota County Emergency Services personnel. Every year approximately 2500+ friends and family attend. The opportunity for some hands on training and fun appeals to everyone involved.
As Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Truer words were never spoken when it comes to Fire Prevention. Among the many measures that can be taken to reduce fire loss, burns, and accidental injury, perhaps none is more important than that of fire prevention education.

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