Fire Marshal Division

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The OCES Fire Marshal Division is dedicated to preserving life, property, and environmental resources through education, prevention, investigation, and fire code enforcement.

The Fire Marshal Division is responsible for enforcing the North Carolina Fire Prevention Code, conducting fire inspections, reviewing plans for new building construction, fire/arson investigations, county fire department coordination, hazardous materials response, and SARA Title III reporting in the unincorporated areas of Orange County.  The office operates during business hours for routine services, but is on call 24 hours a day.  Staff works with Orange County planning and inspections department to review plans for major renovations or construction of facilities subject to the provisions of the NC Fire Prevention Code.

Fire Inspection Statistics in Orange County:

Fire Prevention:
For fire prevention safety tips. CLICK HERE to visit the National Fire Protection Association Safety Page.

Fire Prevention Week October 2015

Fire Safety for Kids

Fire Extinguisher information and training

Smoke Alarm Facts and Questions

How we can help:
-Provide free smoke alarms and installation to vulnerable citizens and at risk communities.
-Home safety tips and courtesy home fire inspections

Inspection and Permit Information:
Permits under the authority of the Fire Marshal's Division, are applied for and issued by Orange County Planning - Building Permits and Inspections Division.  Click here for Building Inspections

Orange County will be switching to new permit software soon. Although the Fire Marshal Division will remain operational, some county divisions may need to shutdown their systems temporarily. For more information, visit the Main Project Page

Orange County Fee Schedule



Fire Department and Home Owner Fire Insurance Ratings

NC Forest Service - Online Burning Permit System

How to become a firefighter

Fire Marshal Division



Jason B. Shepherd
Orange County Fire Marshal

David Sykes
Assistant Orange County Fire Marshal
Elizabeth Farnan
Assistant Orange County Fire Marshal