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State Fire Marshal’s Office

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is responsible for enforcing, periodically revising, and updating the Arkansas Fire Prevention Code.  The State Fire Marshal’s Office investigates fires of a suspicious nature and assists local authorities with investigations. The Office performs other functions that promote efficient and effective fire prevention and control programs in the state. The State Fire Marshal’s Office may review fire protection class code determinations by an advisory organization and determine if the evaluation of fire protection services is reasonable and appropriate. Upon request, the State Fire Marshal may make recommendations to the Insurance Commissioner concerning filings made to the commissioner concerning fire protection standards. The Office reviews plans for State building projects and assists local jurisdictions with plan reviews when needed. The State Fire Marshal’s Office conducts inspections of State buildings and assists local jurisdictions with inspections when requested.  Additionally, the Office licenses companies and individuals involved in the fireworks industry and issues permits for above ground storage tanks used for combustible, flammable, and hazardous substances. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is also home for the Arkansas State Police Bomb Team.  

Duties of State Fire Marshal Statute

Fire Prevention Act


Fire Protection Systems

Individuals and companies installing and servicing fire alarm systems are licensed and regulated by the Alarm Company Licensing Section of the Arkansas State Police.  For additional licensing information regarding alarm systems, select the link below.  You may also email the Arkansas State Police Regulatory Services Division or call the office at 501-618-8700.

http://asp.arkansas.gov/services-and-programs/detail/Private-Investigators-Security-Alarm-Installation-Monitoring

The Arkansas Fire Protection Licensing Board licenses and regulates the sale, installation, and servicing of portable fire extinguishers and the sale, installation, and servicing of fixed fire protection systems and the planning, sale, installation, and servicing of fire protection sprinkler systems. For additional licensing information, select the link below.  You may also call 501-661-7903 to reach the Arkansas Fire Protection Licensing Board office.

Arkansas Fire Protection Licensing Board  - Website

Arkansas Fire Protection Licensing Board  - Statute


Facility Reviews

The Fire Marshal office conducts inspections and reviews plans for State buildings and State building projects and assists local jurisdictions with State building inspections and plan reviews when requested. To request additional information on plan reviews and inspections, you may email the Arkansas State Police Regulatory Services Division or call the office at 501-618-8624.

Fire Prevention Act

Fire Prevention, Protection and Safety Act –Multiple-Occupancy Facilities

Arkansas Fire Prevention Code 2012, Volume I, II, III

Arkansas Fire Prevention Code 2012, Volume I Fire

Arkansas Fire Prevention Code 2012, Volume II (Building)

Arkansas Fire Prevention Code 2012. Volume III (Residential)


Fireworks

The Fire Marshal is responsible for the oversight of keeping, storing, using, manufacture, selling, and handling of fireworks.

Fire Prevention Act

Chapter 56- Explosives and Fireworks

Firework Statute

Memo from the Arkansas State Police Fire Marshal

Applications:

                           -  All Class B and C Fireworks for a Fireworks Display must be permitted.
                           -  NFPA 1123 - Defines a Fireworks Display as a presentation of fireworks

                                          for a PUBLIC or PRIVATE GATHERING
                           -  Applications MUST be submitted 5 days prior to the date of display
                           -  Display Diagram Example
                           -  Firework Distance Table

Pyrotechnic License Applications (Retail License Books and Retail Permits)


Above Ground Storage

The Fire Marshal is responsible for oversight of storing highly flammable materials and crude petroleum or any of its products. The Fire Marshal may also prescribe the materials and construction of receptacles and buildings to be used for any of those purposes.

Chapter 20 – Aviation Facilities

Chapter 23 – Motor Fuel-Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages

Chapter 57- Flammable and Combustible Liquids

 

Aboveground Storage Tank Application

Sample Diagram

  • Exceptions for permits-

                         -  Tanks that are part of emergency generator systems
                         -  Temporary tanks (period of use not to exceed 6 months)
                         -  Tanks less than 500 gallons in capacity and not used for retail dispensing

For additional information, you may email the Arkansas State Police Regulatory Services Division or call the office at 501-618-8700.


Helpful Links

Arkansas Fire Prevention Commission

Arkansas Fire Protection Licensing Board

Arkansas Association of Fire Chiefs

Arkansas Fire Marshals Association

National Association of State Fire Marshals

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Arkansas Fire Prevention Code 2012, Volume I, II, III

Arkansas Fire Prevention Code 2012, Volume I Fire

Arkansas Fire Prevention Code 2012, Volume II. Building

Arkansas Fire Prevention Code 2012. Volume III Residential

Arkansas Forestry Commission (Burn Ban)