Fire Prevention

An OSFM fire prevention specialist inspecting a new facilityThe Prevention Division works to reduce the potential impact of fire and explosion hazards where people live, work, and congregate. This team focuses on inspecting facilities which pose distinct fire hazards and where the potential loss of life from fire is very high.

The division is also responsible for the promotion of fire safety and the education of building owners, operators, and occupants, and the general public. Both office and field personnel are active educators, presenting a variety of program topics across the state of Kansas.

Our office even employs a dedicated Education Consultant to work with local fire and law enforcement jurisdictions, helping to educate kids on fire safety and prevent them from starting fires.


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Information Sought On Fires In Ellis County

Office of the State Fire Marshal | Mar 19, 2014
TOPEKA, Kan. — The Office of the Kansas Fire Marshal is asking for the public's help in identifying the person or people responsible for numerous arsons throughout Ellis County.

Since March 6, there have been 20 fires that have been ruled incendiary or crimes of arson. The Office of the State Fire Marshal, Ellis County Sheriff’s Office and the Ellis County rural fire district are actively investigating these fires and are working several leads. These fires pose obvious safety concerns for residents, first responders and the surrounding property.

"We are asking for the public's help in being vigilant in locating any suspicious person or persons and come forward with information,” said State Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen. “It’s vital the offender is apprehended before there is a major loss to property or someone is seriously injured.”

Anyone with information about these fires is asked to call the Ellis County Sheriff at 785-625-1040, Office of the State Fire Marshal at 785-296-8984 or the Kansas Bureau of Investigation tipline at 1-800-KS-CRIME.

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