Fire Prevention

The Fire Marshal’s Office is responsible for the function and operation of Fire Prevention and Public Safety services.

The major functions of this office include:

  • Enforcing, or causing to be enforced, all adopted Fire Prevention laws and ordinances.
  • Investigation of all undetermined and suspicious fires; including assistance in the prosecution of persons charged with arson
  • Fire drills and fire prevention activities at schools and other places of public assembly
  • Conducting plans reviews for compliance with fire safety regulations
  • Acting as liaison with building departments and the State Fire Marshal’s office
  • Acting as liaison with water Authorities and departments for the purpose of establishing and maintaining up-to-date records regarding hydrant location and fire flows

Division Chief / Fire Marshal Paula Smith is also responsible for the coordination and completion of all business inspections within the Marion County Fire District boundaries.

Public safety and education are vital to the fire service. Every opportunity to educate the public about fire safety increases the odds of avoiding a fire-related emergency. Providing fire prevention curricula and activities in schools has a major impact on reducing fire risks in the home. When necessary, Fire Marshal Smith will conduct a juvenile fire-setter intervention for those children who have developed an interest in fire play.

If you would like to learn more about the services through the Fire Marshal’s Office or to find out how you can schedule a fire station tour, please contact Fire

Division Chief / Fire Marshal – Paula Smith at 503-588-6513.

See the Public Records Section for more information.

Paula Smith – Division Chief / Fire Marshal