Department Responsibilities

The general responsibilities of the Town of East Hampton Office of Fire Prevention, (OFP) include fire safety inspections and enforcement activities for building codes, fire investigations, public education and technical response assistance to the Fire and EMS Agencies within the Town of East Hampton. The OFP may also provide staffing for various positions within the Town’s incident command structure and support of emergency management operations.

Job Functions

These general responsibilities are exhibited in the following job functions:
  • Members of the OFP are Fire Marshals, (FM) and as such, are sworn Peace Officers. Fire Marshals are tasked with enforcing State, County and local laws and codes pertaining to public safety, fire protection and prevention.
  • Fire Marshals may be called upon to support the East Hampton Town and Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management during emergency situations by staffing required positions within the Town’s and County’s Emergency Operation Center (EOC).
  • The OFP oversees and coordinates the town wide Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Team and offers technical assistance to the local Fire, EMS and Police Departments.
  • Fire Marshals are tasked with reviewing commercial building plans, fire alarm, fire sprinkler and other fire protection systems plans as well as reviewing site plans within the Town of East Hampton. Fire Marshals are also responsible for permitting and inspecting temporary tents and membrane structures.
  • The OFP provides oversight and technical assistance at special events such as fireworks displays, concerts and other venues.
  • Fire Marshals conduct fire safety inspections on all commercial properties as well as school properties within the Town of East Hampton. The FM may also be called upon to conduct residential fire safety inspections.
  • The OFP offers and instructs fire safety programs for all the public schools within the township.
  • Fire Marshals work with various departments within the Town of East Hampton conducting after hours inspections of many of the towns’ public assembly places as well as working street patrols, enforcing quality of life codes and laws.
  • It is the duty of the Fire Marshals to investigate the cause and origin of fires and hazardous materials releases. Upon completion of the event, the FM shall prepare a detailed report and catalog all evidence and photographs.
  • The Fire Marshal provides technical assistance on fire safety matters to architects, engineers, contractors and the general public.