The primary goal of the Fire Marshal’s Office is the prevention of fires within the City of Amarillo through proactive fire inspections, fire investigation, public education, and information regarding fire safety.
Deputy Fire Marshals investigate all fire-related crimes within the city, are State licensed peace officers, and State certified fire inspectors and arson investigators. They have the same authority as any Texas Peace Officer and will secure evidence, submit it for analysis, pursue leads in criminal cases and present probable cause to the district attorney for arrest and testify in court. Deputy Fire Marshals keep regular business hours, but are also on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Deputy Fire Marshals are also responsible for investigating fires that resulted in burn injuries and/or fatalities, as well as all misdemeanor offenses involving fires, such as false alarms and criminal mischief fires.
One of the primary duties of the Fire Marshal’s Office is administering and enforcing the International Fire Code within the City. Deputy Fire Marshals and Fire Inspectors work closely with other City of Amarillo Departments to ensure consistent and accurate administration of the Fire Code in conjunction with other City adopted ordinances and Codes. Construction plans and specifications are reviewed for compliance with the Fire Code and nationally recognized standards. Construction permits are issued for fire protections systems such as; fire alarm systems, fire sprinkler systems, private fire mains, fire pumps and hydrants, and special fire suppression systems. Inspections of new and remodeled buildings are conducted so that the buildings can be safely occupied after the appropriate certificate of occupancy is issued.
Special inspections are conducted at functions such as concerts, rodeos, circuses, etc. Spot inspections are conducted regularly at Amarillo nightclubs to identify life safety hazards such as overcrowding and obstructed exits. Inspections are also done prior to the issuance of a required permit. Permits are required for activities such as the installation or certain repairs of fire protection systems, controlled burns, etc.
Fire Inspectors and Deputy Fire Marshals will routinely check for businesses illegally occupying buildings and will take appropriate action when located.