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Tray Palmer Reno Fire Marshal

Message from the Reno Fire Marshal Tray Palmer

Welcome to the City of Reno Fire Prevention Bureau.  Our team is dedicated to providing efficient, effective and equitable life safety and property protection to the citizens and visitors of Reno.  We will do so actively, demonstrating ethical conduct, excellent customer service, and professional integrity in all areas of fire inspections, fire investigations, plans examinations and public education.

Fire Inspections

Fire inspections are conducted to discover and correct any condition likely to cause a fire or life safety hazard.  All business properties within the City of Reno, except private dwellings, are inspected.  Frequency of inspection for most commercial occupancies is annual with priority based on the associated hazards that a site may pose.  The conditions we inspect include materials and manner of storage, maintenance of exits, accessibility to fire service personnel, maintenance of fire protection and detection systems and general housekeeping.  All of our Inspectors, Investigators and Plan Reviewers are certified by the International Code Council.

Plan Review

Fire prevention reviews construction plans to determine compliance with the adopted 2012 International Fire and Building Codes as well as all local codes, ordinances, standards and regulations.  Fire Plan reviewers look for such things as adequate and compliant fire safety systems, fire resistant building materials, Fire Department access and proper and adequate exiting. 

Fire Investigations

Fire Prevention conducts investigations into suspicious fires to determine their origin and cause.  Whether a fire is accidental in nature or intentionally set, the investigation team determines action needed to prevent future occurrence, such as product recalls, public awareness, increased code compliance inspections, or arresting and prosecuting an arsonist.  Fire Prevention arson investigators are Nevada P.O.S.T. certified peace officers.

Self Inspection Program

The City of Reno Fire Department has implemented a fire self inspection program for low risk businesses within the City.  The optional program provides an opportunity for the Reno Fire Department and the City business community to form a partnership in fire and life safety.  It also provides an economic incentive to the business owner to perform and maintain a fire safe environment, while allowing Fire Inspectors to concentrate on more hazardous (moderate to high risk) businesses.

Public Education

The Fire fire Department provides public education programs upon request.  Both our engine companies and fire prevention personnel have an active presence in our community.  Some of the programs we offer include station tour, fire extinguisher training, home escape planning and general fire safety for children.

Reno Fire Prevention Bureau staff in front of Believe art sculpture on City Plaza

Our Reno team members are committed to actively protecting the citizens and visitors or our great city.

The following contains additional helpful information.

Fire Codes

The City of Reno has adopted the 2012 International Fire Code with amendments. The ordinance outlining these amendments is attached.  

 IFC IMAGE Updated Ordinace Cover Sheet

Special Events and Activities

Please see the Special Event Guidelines.  For additional information please see Special Events permit.

Previously approved recurrent events in established venues requiring only Fire Department approval can apply online using the Special Use Permit Application.  (Please Note: This application is not for the general public use).

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