History of the Fire Marshal Division

The Fire Marshal Division is under the direction of the Chief Fire Code Official or Fire Marshal, and is comprised of deputy fire marshals, assistant fire marshals, and administrative assistants.


The former Fire Inspection Office, previously under the direction of the Building Inspection Division, was restructured and transitioned to the Charleston Fire Department in June, 2010. The scope of the office was expanded to include:

  • Community risk reduction education
  • Fire and arson investigation
  • Fire code enforcement
  • Fire plan review
  • New construction inspections

The office was renamed the Fire Marshal Division at that time.

Current Structure

The division is composed of the Chief Fire Marshal, three deputy fire marshals, ten assistant fire marshals, and two administrative assistants. The division is responsible for conducting fire safety surveys of new and existing buildings, reviewing plans for fire code compliance, conducting fire and arson investigations, and coordinating a variety of community risk reduction programs. Additionally, the fire marshal serves as the public information officer (PIO) for the department. Each of these functions improves the safety of our community and reduces the potential of loss or injury of our emergency first responders while preserving our historic community.