Fire and Building Safety
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
except state-observed holidays
Indiana Dept. of Homeland Security
Indiana Government Center-South, Room E208
302 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2739
About the State Fire Marshal
The Indiana State Fire Marshal is a governor-appointed position that also serves as the director of the IDHS Division of Fire and Building Safety.
The marshal oversees fire prevention and protection services such as the Indiana Fire & Public Safety Academy, regulated device and code enforcement inspections, emergency medical services, fire investigations and hazardous materials and radiation training and support.
The governor appointed Steve Jones as state fire marshal in 2022. Learn more about him
Hub-and-Spoke Kicks Off
Gov. Eric J. Holcomb, IDHS and fire leaders held a kickoff press conference Aug. 25 in Plymouth announcing the first four new sites of the Hub-and-Spoke Training Model.
New Incident Dashboards
The Indiana Community Risk Reduction Coalition released two interactive dashboards designed for public safety agencies and the public to access fire and EMS incident data statewide. These incidents are shown on a map, and statistical figures are available at the state, district, county and local agency levels. Visit the Community Risk Reduction page for more information on how these dashboards fit into the larger picture of improving public safety.
Note: The dashboards were designed for viewing on screens 10 inches and larger.
PFAS Foam Collection Initiative
IDHS and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) are continuing to collect and dispose of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) foam from Indiana fire agencies. Departments still have time to sign up for this free disposal service. Read about the initiative and contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Community Risk Reduction
Mental Health Resources
Sections and Services
- Building Codes and Regulated Devices
The Code Enforcement Section provides building and fire-safety inspections, training and guidance throughout Indiana. Code officials work with local building, fire and enforcement departments to provide continuous educational training, building and fire code interpretation and on-site inspection assistance.
Building Plan Review
The Building Plan Review Section reviews architectural plans for all public buildings and multi-tenant housing (known as Class I structures) throughout the state. The process looks at different aspects of the plan to ensure that building and fire codes are followed prior to construction.
Boilers and Pressure Vessels
The Boilers and Pressure Vessels Section maintains a program of periodic inspections for regulated boilers and pressure vessels.
- Certifications and Training
Firefighters put their health on the line every day to protect members of their community. The Indiana Fire & Public Safety Academy handles training and certifications that provide additional education to help protect these public servants.
Emergency Medical Services
Indiana’s EMS workforce is the front line of our health care system safety net and stands proudly at the intersection of health care, public health and public safety. The EMS Section handles training and certifications for EMS personnel.
Search and Rescue
Following a disaster, search and rescue professionals can offer vital assistance in recovery efforts. In order to nurture and cultivate a strong search and rescue community within Indiana, the IDHS Search and Rescue Program takes a comprehensive approach by offering training programs in K9 search, as well as rescue, search, technical rescue and search management.
IDHS is the Indiana point of contact for National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) training provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
IDHS is the Indiana point of contact for counter-terrorism training provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Training and Exercise Division (TED) and the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC), a partnership of several nationally recognized organizations.
- Fire Investigations
The impact of arson is astounding. The destructive force that fire produces can change the course of a person's life in a matter of seconds; their whole world can be destroyed in minutes. The Fire Investigations Section aggressively pursues the cause and origin of fires to reduce death, injury and property loss from accidental fires and to solve the cases of intentionally set fires.
- Hazmat and Radiation
IDHS Hazmat and Radiation Programs provide assistance to any emergency response agency within Indiana with preparation, response, mitigation and recovery from an incident involving a CBRNE/hazardous material/radiation incident on a 24-hour/7-day basis.
- Resources and Links
- Fire Department Contact List
- Fire chiefs should download the Fire Department Information Form and return it to email@example.com when a fire department's information has changed. Note: If the department has already completed the form since August 28, 2014, please disregard unless there are changes to the information previously provided.
- Guidance to Schools on Unplanned Fire Alarms
- Notices for Schedule of Charges
- Schedule of Fines and Civil Penalties
Note: The incident dashboards were designed for viewing on screens 10 inches and larger.
- Fire Department Contact List