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Reading Fire

The Office of the Fire Marshal

The Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) is charged with the following actions: fm22
Fire Investigations
Fire Code Enforcement, Inspections, and Plan Review
Fire Prevention and Education
Fire Department Public Information Issuance
OFM personnel conduct systematic and thorough investigations of all incidents relating to fire origin and cause. The OFM assists with and makes recommendations to the City of Reading Police Department and Berks County law enforcement agencies in all aspects associated with fire/arson investigation occurring within the City of Reading. 
The OFM enforces the provisions of the City of Reading Fire Prevention Code, applicable aspects of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Uniform Construction Code (UCC), and assists as needed with code enforcement as a whole within the City of Reading. Personnel inspect existing properties/locations for compliance; work closely with the Building-Trades Division assisting in project development and site meetings, plan review and inspection of new construction projects. 
The OFM provides inspection and oversight for all existing building fire code inspections, fire code permit issuance, and special event permit assistance. Personnel conduct annual inspections based upon daily scheduling and daily complaints. Both functions are designed to ensure proper operation and code compliance for various occupancies and critical fire-life safety protection systems.  The OFM strives to reduce fire risk through abatement of common fire prevention code violations 
The OFM pursues comprehensive and proactive fire and life safety education through a variety of methods focusing on a ‘youngest to oldest’ approach. OFM personnel schedule, assist, and conduct various types of fire prevention education and community outreach programs throughout the community. Additionally, OFM personnel can be available to speak to all varieties of groups and organizations. 
OFM personnel are generally the point of contact for media outlets relative to fire situations particularly incidents which are large in scale, involve extended fire department activities, or that involve serious injuries and/or death.  

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