Community Risk Reduction

Fire Marshal's Office

The Fire Marshal’s Office is responsible for code compliance and fire investigation activities within the District.  This office is staffed by a Fire Marshal, one Deputy Fire Marshal, two fire prevention specialists, one Fire Inspector/Compliance Inspection Manager, one full time fire inspector/ investigator and two part time inspectors.  The Fire Marshal’s mission is:

  • To adopt, advocate and apply fire codes and other ordinances to reduce or prevent fires and make buildings more resistant to the effects of fire; to improve the life safety of the community and District personnel and reduce the loss of property.  
  • To provide efficient and effective education and reduce the loss of lives and property, which improves the quality of life in our community.
  • To examine building and fire protection system plans to ensure compliance with adopted fire codes, standards and ordinances.
  • To advocate within the District, Jefferson County, and the cities of Arvada and Wheat Ridge for infrastructure to make the District safer.
  • To investigate the origin and cause of fires.
  • To identify and prioritize risks, select and implement strategies, monitor and evaluate activities while involving community partners in an effort to better protect residents and firefighters. 

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Community Risk Reduction

 Mission & Values 

The Community Risk Reduction Division, through collaborative partnerships internal to both our division and the department; and externally with the community, will apply the principles of the Five-E's to reduce threats by fire and traumatic injuries to the lives and property of those that reside, work and visit our district. 

The Five-E's will be applied using the following approaches:

  • Our Community Risk Reduction section will develop programs and methods to EDUCATE people to empower them with knowledge and skills to reduce their risk of threat from fire and injury.
  • Our Code Compliance/Investigation Section will use and apply ENGINEERING methodology and practices to ensure that developments, buildings and life-safety systems are designed and installed to meet the prescriptive requirements of model codes and standards; or meet performance design criteria to achieve a level of protection that is a least equal to those prescribed in model codes and standards. This section will also use ENGINEERING and scientific methods to investigate fires in an effort to identify causal factors and develop countermeasures to prevent future occurrences.
  • Our Code Compliance/Investigation section will ENFORCE applicable codes and standards in a collaborative manner to ensure that a reasonable level of fire protection and life-safety is maintained in our District. The enforcement approach will first seek, when possible, voluntary compliance. Increased levels of severity in acquiring compliance will be reserved for those occurrences where voluntary compliance could not otherwise be gained. This section will also investigate intentionally set fires to identify who is responsible for causing the fire and support our law enforcement partner’s pursuit of due process. 
  • The Division will encourage use of ECONOMIC INCENTIVES to increase levels of fire-safety and encourage code compliance.
  • The Division will partner with the Operations Division to support EMERGENCY RESPONSE and assist the department’s first responders in providing mitigation of fire and medical emergencies. 


A division that applies the Five-E's of risk reduction in a balanced manner to increase the level of safety from fire and traumatic injuries for the firefighters, residents, business owners and visitors of the AFPD.

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