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           Clayton Dignam
               Fire Marshal
Clayton Dignam - Copy When people think of the Fire Service they see firefighting as the primary role of any fire department, often overlooked is Fire Prevention, which is the first line of defense to reducing risks and hazards to people and property. The Prevention Division implements a wide variety of programs within the City of Porterville, including fire and life-safety inspections, community home care inspections, fire investigation and code enforcement.

The Fire Prevention Division is a critical component of the Porterville Fire Department's effort to improve the lives of the City residents by preventing fires and reducing the impact of fires that occur. Under the supervision of the Fire Marshal, the mission of the Fire Prevention Division is to prevent or limit the occurrence of fire incidences, to make sure buildings are safe to occupy, to ensure proper egress is always available, to make certain fire protection systems are in place and maintained, and effectively utilize the principles of engineering, education and enforcement to protect our citizens, our workplace, our homes and our environment from the ravages of fire.

Fire and Life Safety Inspections
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The Division reviews all new commercial building plans prior to permits being issued. A fire  inspector works with all City Departments to ensure all building plans comply with national, state and local  codes. A fire inspector inspects new construction sites to ensure that the final product reflects the design criteria on approved building plans.  The fire inspector tests all fire protection, smoke evacuation and fire alarm systems to ensure they are functional and meet fire code compliance. A certificate of occupancy (CO) or completion is not issued until all fire and building inspections have passed. Once a CO has been issued, fire inspectors continue to conduct annual inspections to ensure compliance is maintained.

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