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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:

  • 1, 307 periodic inspections (Per NPFA no longer referred to as annual inspections).
  • 736 fire alarm follow-ups.
  • 350 site and development reviews.
  • 538 building plans and safety systems reviews.
  • 72,662 public education training contacts as of mid-year 2016.

 Smoke Detector Program


Smoke detection is the first line of defense for our community 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


National Fire Prevention Week has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire, which occurred on October 9, 1871. Our annual October event gives the community the opportunity to meet the Sarasota County Fire Department personnel.

Every year approximately 5,000 friends and family attend. The opportunity for some hands on training and fun appeals to everyone involved. This event is an entirely free event which exposes the community to the resources available in keeping their families safe, as well as, the exposure of career opportunities for those that may be interested in entering into an emergency services career.

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