FIRE PREVENTION DIVISION
The Primary concern of this section of the Fire Marshal's Office is the saving of lives and property by preventing fires before they start. Fire prevention is accomplished by identification and elimination of the hazards that cause and support the spread of fire within our community. This goal is accomplished through public fire education, fire inspections, fire investigations and code enforcement.
Through aggressive fire prevention, this office reduces the loss of property and lives in Bexar County. Fire prevention is an on-going endeavor. Education of the young, the old, and the general population saves lives and property by preventing fires. Fire prevention inspections are performed on a regular basis in the unincorporated areas of the County at all places of public assembly, businesses, schools, hazardous materials production and storage sites, etc. This section also is responsible for testing and licensing of explosive users, and for business reporting of hazardous material storage, use, and incidents. Hazardous and toxic materials used in manufacturing processes are tracked and categorized by type and amount; this information is readily available to emergency services as needed for effective operations and responder safety. The use, storage, and transportation of explosives in the unincorporated areas are regulated under a licensing and testing program designed to protect the health, safety, welfare, and property of the general public.