The position of Local Fire Marshal was created by the State Legislature to enforce the Life Safety Code, Hazardous Materials Codes, and to investigate and determine the cause and origin of all fires and explosions occurring within Town limits. The Marshal keeps records of fires and explosions. The local Fire Marshal serves and protects both Town Residents and local businesses. The following information is provided to help both Residents and local businesses understand the Fire Marshal's role in serving the needs of the Town of Sprague.
The Local Residents - The local Fire Marshal, in cooperation with the Building Official, inspects and approves the following: wood stove installations, Underground Storage Tank removal and installation, LP gas installations and Smoke Detectors. Contact the Local Building Official's Office to determine if your project requires a Building Permit. Consultation with the Building Official and Fire Marshal will help assure work is done correctly and according to the Building Code.
Hazardous Materials - The local Fire Marshal is responsible for issuing permits for the legal use of fire works and explosives. The Fire Marshal also enforces Codes for proper storage of flammable and combustible liquids, such as gasoline and diesel fuel. The local Fire Marshal also annually inspects all vehicles used for the transport of hazardous materials that are garaged in Sprague.
Code Enforcement - Every public building in the Town of Sprague, including schools, local government buildings, day cares, restaurants, mercantile, etc., are subject to annual inspection for Life Safety Code compliance.
Certain buildings, such as Day Care and Group Homes, are subject to formal annual inspections with posted Inspection Reports. All businesses subject to inspection are welcome to contact the Fire Marshal to schedule their inspections.
Fire Investigation - Thankfully, Sprague does not have many fires. However, due to our rural nature, fires are often not discovered until they are significantly involved. The Fire Marshal and his Deputy have received extensive training from the Connecticut State Fire Marshal's Office in fire investigations. The local Fire Marshal also has access to assistance from the State Fire Marshal to determine the origin and cause of fires and explosions. All our fire data since 1995 has been stored in a computer for reporting to the State Fire Marshal, and to the National Fire Incident Reporting System.
Fire Prevention - Fire Prevention is both enforcement and education. Hazardous conditions, such as the improper storage or use of flammable or combustible materials, is subject to enforcement and abatement efforts.
The Office of the Sprague Fire Marshal stands ready to protect and to serve the public interest and safety of all residents. Please do not hesitate to contact him for assistance or information.