The Office of State Fire Marshal is a statutory office established in 1904 with the State Fire Marshal being appointed by the governor. The office is charged with the responsibility of protecting the life and property of the citizens of this state from fire explosion and related hazards through the enforcement of legislative mandates and administrative rules or directives.
The mission of the Office of the State Fire Marshal is to protect life and property from the hazards of fire or explosion, to ensure the safety of our citizens within the constructed environment, to provide equal access to disabled individuals and promote the efficient use of energy in buildings. To carry out this mission, the office reviews construction plans to ensure compliance with the state's adopted fire, life safety, handicapped accessibility, and energy codes; inspects new and existing structures to ensure that legislative and industry-approved fire and life safety codes are met; investigates suspicious fires in order to suppress arson; and analyzes fire reports and statistics to determine the extent of the state's fire problems and to educate the public about the need to be fire safe.
The goals of the State Fire Marshal are:
1. Protect life and property from the hazards of fire, minimizing life loss and property loss in commercial buildings while at the same time encouraging economic development, the efficient use of energy and ensure the handicapped accessibility of new and existing buildings through effective and efficient code enforcement.
2. Reduce/deter the crime of arson.
3. Protect life and property from fire while being responsive to the needs of the citizens of the state by providing prompt, courteous, and professional delivery of services in the most cost efficient manner possible.
4. Provide information, guidance, education, and training in fire and building safety regulations, equipment maintenance, fire protection features, handicapped accessibility regulations; and to enhance public communications and public education in fire safety matters and public relations.
5. Reduce the amount of injury and death on amusement rides.
6. Protect the integrity of manufactured homes and lives of citizens occupying them.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal has three programs: Licensing and Inspection, Arson Enforcement, Plan Review.
This agency's recommended appropriation does not include any funds for short-term debt.
This agency does not have any long-term debt for Fiscal Year 1997-1998.
This agency's recommended appropriation also includes the following amount by means of financing for payments on the unfunded accrued liability of the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System in accordance with the provisions of Article X, Section 29 of the Constitution of Louisiana:
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