One of the primary duties of this division is administering and enforcing the Abilene Fire Code within the city. Inspectors work closely with Abilene Building Inspectors to ensure consistent and accurate administration of the Fire Code in conjunction with the Building Code.
Fire & Life Safety Inspections
The Abilene Fire Department is improving public health and safety through fire prevention, and will be conducting fire inspections at all businesses in the city. Our goal is to educate business owners and increase fire code compliance. These inspections will provide education and information to owners and employees about fire safety with the goals of both reducing the overall fire risk faced by businesses, and protecting the vital economic assets of our community. Learn more & view the pre-inspection checklist.
Special inspections are conducted at functions such as concerts, rodeos, circuses, etc, and spot inspections are conducted regularly at Abilene nightclubs to prevent overcrowding. Inspections are also done prior to the issuance of a required permit. Permits are required for activities such as the installation or repair of fire sprinkler systems or fire alarm systems, the installation or removal of fuel storage tanks, bonfires, controlled burns, etc.
The Fire Marshal is responsible for ensuring that all new building construction complies with the Abilene Fire Code and all State and Federal rules and regulations. Blueprints are initially reviewed by City Building Inspectors then routed to the Fire Marshal for his comments. Noted requirements are reviewed on-site as the building is being constructed. No building is permitted to be inhabited until a Certificate of Occupancy (PDF) is issued by the Fire Marshal or his authorized representative.