Code Enforcement and Plan Review - The fire department has a responsibility to enforce many sections of Chapter 541 of the Connecticut General Statutes including numerous codes imposed by these statutes. Annual inspections of buildings and plan reviews of proposed buildings for compliance with State statutes and regulations are conducted to rectify conditions which may cause fires or situations that may allow a fire to spread uncontrolled. The primary goal of these inspections is to ensure the safe egress of occupants who may be endangered by the fire or its products. The Fire Marshal and Inspector, as certified to do so, carry out these inspections as assigned.
Fire Investigation - An investigation of all fires is conducted to determine the origin and cause of the ignition. This information is required in order to prevent the occurrence of future fires or at the very least reduce the severity. If the fire is determined to be incendiary, a thorough investigation is intended to prosecute the guilty party. In this case, the investigation becomes a deterrent to the crime of arson. The investigations are performed by department personnel in conjunction with law enforcement agencies. The data obtained is useful in targeting the areas of the community, demographics, and occupancies, which are more likely to have fires. This information is then utilized in the strategic planning process to more effectively serve the community.