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Fire Prevention Bureau

The Fire Prevention Bureau (FPB) has adopted the following mission statement:

Through education, investigation, engineering, and enforcement the Des Moines Fire Department Fire Prevention Section is committed to protection the members of the Des Moines Fire Department and the citizens and guests of the City of Des Moines from the hazards of fire.

We believe this mission is carried out through six primary methods:

  • Investigation
  • Education
  • Enforcement
  • Engineering
  • Emergency Response
  • Economic Incentive

The Fire Prevention Bureau is led by the Fire Marshal, and staffed with 10 other staff members:

  • 1 Fire Protection Engineer,
  • 2 Fire Investigators,
  • 6 Fire Prevention Inspectors
  • 1 administrative clerk

The Fire Prevention Bureau conducts many activities, some of which include:

  • Fire inspections in commercial buildings for city and state licenses
  • Certificate of occupancy permits
  • General fire safety inspections
  • Hazardous operations permits
  • Acceptance testing of fire protection systems
  • Inspections of installation and removal of underground and above ground storage tanks
  • Inspections related to complaints
  • Plan review for compliance with the international fire code (2012 edition),
  • Coordination of lock box installations
  • Issuance of false fire alarm citations
  • General fire safety presentations
  • Fire extinguisher training classes
  • Public education presentations

Junior Fire Marshal - Freddie

  • Freddie is a dedicated member of the Fire Prevention Bureau, serving to spread his fire safety message to kids of all ages through song, dance, flashing lights, and speech. Children love to hear his message as they converse with Freddie and quickly become friends.
  • Freddie and his firefighter friend teach fire safety to children. He talks about the following:
    • Importance of smoke alarms
    • Exit drills In the home
    • When to dial 9-1-1
    • Matches Are Tools Not Toys

Please contact us for inspections, requests for presentations, and general inquiries at:

  • Des Moines Fire Department’s Administration building (2nd floor)
    2715 Dean Avenue
    Des Moines, Iowa 50317 
    Phone: (515) 283-4240
    FAX: (515) 283-4907