There are many key areas within fire prevention. The first is code enforcement. Fire inspectors make routine annual inspections of all public buildings to see that they are safe for the general public and the employees. The Fire Prevention Bureau also review the plans of any new public building, or building undergoing renovation, to make certain it will be constructed according to the fire codes.
We have pre-fire planning. This entails using a computer to draw floor plans of the major buildings we respond to, so they can be distributed binders carried on all of our vehicles. This is done so firefighters can “see” the inside of the building before they arrive. This allows firefighters to anticipate what actions they might have to take in an actual fire. This is an ongoing project as buildings are always being remodeled, and new buildings are being constructed.