Trend and Analysis

The closure rate for fire safety inspections is historically high and this trend is not expected to change.   Once an inspection begins, the Office of the Fire Marshal’s obligation is to follow up until compliance is achieved.  This obligation or responsibility ensures a high closure rate.  In addition to inspecting family daycare homes and other occupancies that require a fire inspection to obtain or renew their licenses, the Office of the Fire Marshal makes a coordinated effort to inspect all schools, public and private, and hotels in the County.  Efforts are made to ensure the maximum productivity of current staff and some inspection duties are being assigned to station personnel to improve performance in this area.  New development and increased economic activity across the County add additional buildings and businesses that require inspection to ensure the safety of residents and visitors.