Fire Prevention

Doug Gardner

(765) 983-7268

dgardner@richmondindiana.gov

Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention

Public Education

The Fire Prevention Division is responsible for education of fire and life safety to citizens in Richmond schools, businesses, and community organizations.

Our Division has many tools and programs in which to deliver it's message to the public. The members of the Division put on demonstrations at all grade level schools, senior citizen facilities, community organizations, and tours within our own fire stations.

Our Division also handles any special events that the Richmond Fire Department may be involved with.

If you have any questions or inquires, or if you want to schedule a demonstration or talk for a group in the Richmond community don't hesitate to contact our Division at the number listed.

Don't forget to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at least once a month, and replace the battery twice a year! (HINT: Change your batteries when you change your clocks for the time change.)

More Fire Safety information from around the country can be found at the following link, and we give Special Thanks to Girl Scout Evie Long and her mother Mackenzie for making us aware of it!

https://www.improvenet.com/a/fire-prevention-safety

Another really awesome site to explore is Sparky the Fire Dog! Check out activities, games, and more!

http://www.sparky.org/

Public Education

The Fire Prevention Division is responsible for education of fire and life safety to citizens in Richmond schools, businesses, and community organizations.

Our Division has many tools and programs in which to deliver it's message to the public. The members of the Division put on demonstrations at all grade level schools, senior citizen facilities, community organizations, and tours within our own fire stations.

Our Division also handles any special events that the Richmond Fire Department may be involved with.

If you have any questions or inquires, or if you want to schedule a demonstration or talk for a group in the Richmond community don't hesitate to contact our Division at the number listed.

Don't forget to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at least once a month, and replace the battery twice a year! (HINT: Change your batteries when you change your clocks for the time change.)

More Fire Safety information from around the country can be found at the following link, and we give Special Thanks to Girl Scout Evie Long and her mother Mackenzie for making us aware of it!

https://www.improvenet.com/a/fire-prevention-safety

Another really awesome site to explore is Sparky the Fire Dog! Check out activities, games, and more!

http://www.sparky.org/

Fire Investigations

The Fire Prevention Division is responsible for investigating fires that occur in the City of Richmond and two mile fringe. Our Division investigates all fires including suspicious fires and explosions to determine the origin and cause.

Certified investigators conduct all phases of the fire investigation including interviewing witnesses, evidence collection, background investigations, appearing in court and assisting other public safety and private agencies. They also are required to attend a minimum number of educational schools and seminars to keep current on all-new investigation techniques and skills.

Nationally, arson and suspected arson is the leading cause of property damage exceeding $2 billion annually. Arson is the second leading cause of residential fire deaths and accounts for approximately 25 percent of all fires in the United States. National statistics show that 52 percent of arson fires occur in structures, 26 percent in vehicles and 22 percent in other categories. Juveniles account for 55 percent of all arson arrests.

Many times children begin playing with fire by the age of three. The age of accountability for juvenile fire setters is seven. The Division provides children and juveniles with assistance that has problems with fire playing and fire setting.

Anyone with information on suspicious fires may call the Richmond Fire Department at (765) 983-7266. In cooperation with the Indiana Arson an Crime Association, the ARSON HOT LINE (1-800-382-4628) is stationed in the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Anyone with any information on leads to arson activity and alleged arsonists may leave information and a phone number.

Inspections

The Fire Prevention Division, along with help from our individual Fire Companies, provide the community with inspection services for commercial business. Our Division also answers questions regarding the City of Richmond open burning ordinance, State of Indiana burning regulations and fire prevention related topics.

Our division enforces Indiana Fire and Building Codes along with numerous National Fire Protection Association standards that have been adopted by the State of Indiana.

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Locations

2380 Liberty Ave.

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