The Prevention Bureau is under the direction of the Fire Marshal and the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) Fire Chief. Daily responsibilities consist of field inspections for all commercial construction and annual inspections for all hospitals, schools, day care and assisted living/group home facilities. The Fire Prevention Bureau conducts fire inspections for all new occupational license applications in the City of Punta Gorda.
All new and existing construction projects must be reviewed by Fire Prevention prior to Building Permit approval and issuance of permits. Fire alarm systems, fire sprinklers, hood suppression systems, LP gas installations, fireworks displays and tents are reviewed and permitted through the Fire Prevention Bureau.
Fire drills are monitored by the Fire Prevention Bureau for all school and local businesses. Public education is also a large part of the department’s responsibility. The Prevention Bureau, in conjunction with the Suppression personnel, conduct fire safety seminars involving fire extinguisher training and family safety through the use of the Family Safety House trailer. The Fire Prevention staff conducts fire investigations for all structure and vehicle fires within the City of Punta Gorda. Faulty fire alarm activations are also investigated by the Fire Prevention Bureau. The Bureau monitors the annual in-service inspection program that the firefighters of the Punta Gorda Fire Department conduct for all non-state licensed local businesses, along with a pre-fire plan report for each business structure. The in-service fire inspections conducted by the firefighters are with the training, instruction and support of the Fire Marshal.
The City of Punta Gorda Fire Department has a variety of programs targeting resident health and safety. Click the links below to explore.