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Last Updated: 2010-01-12

Fire Prevention

The goal of the Office of Fire Prevention is to inspect property, issue permits, enforce life safety codes, investigate fire and educate the public to reduce loss of life and property damage.

The Role of the Fire Marshal

Plans, supervises, reviews and performs a variety of inspections and code enforcement duties to ensure compliance with fire and life safety codes for new and existing construction, and commercial or industrial activities; performs administrative, investigative, supervisory and technical responsibilities in managing the Fire Prevention Bureau of the City's Fire Department.

The Staff Battalion Chief checks for compliance with Fire Codes and ordinance, hazardous materials management, fire investigation and hazard abatement. The Staff Battalion Chief develops and implements educational programs to promote fire safety; assists the Fire Chief with special administrative duties: performs related work as assigned.

Chief Creasy

Fire Marshal David Creasy began his fire service career with the Richmond Fire Bureau in 1971. In 1974 he transferred to the Chesterfield County Fire Department. He served in several capacities over his 28 year career. For nearly 15 years he served as Deputy Fire Marshal and then Fire Marshal.

Chief David Creasy has served on numerous regional and statewide committees including the State Fire Prevention Code Change Committee and the Governor's Task Force on Church Fire Safety. He also helped to initiate the formation of the Richmond Metro Arson Task Force. He served several years on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators, chairing their training committee. He retired from Chesterfield in 2001 but continued to teach for the Virginia Department of Fire Programs, Fire Marshal Academy, as well as the Fire Science Program within the Virginia Community College System. Fire Marshal Creasy has been a fire instructor for the Virginia Department of Fire Programs since 1973.

In June 2008, Fire Marshal Creasy returned to full-time employment as the Fire Marshal for the City of Richmond. As such he supervises fire safety inspections, public education, fire investigations, hazardous materials compliance, and the public information office.

Contact Information:

Fire Department
City of Richmond
201 E. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)646-2500

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