State Fire Marshal
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 Joel Thacker as state fire marshal in 2020. Learn more about him
New Initiative to Collect PFAS Foam From Fire Agencies
IDHS and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) are launching a free program to collect and dispose of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) foam from Indiana fire agencies. Read about the new initiative and contact email@example.com with questions.
Discover training and certification updates for fire, EMS and emergency personnel (and more).
Find where deaths have occurred in residential fires statewide.
Go to the ImageTrend Reporting page to learn how fire and EMS agencies report data to the state.
Visit the Get Alarmed page to learn about fire safety or to report smoke alarm installations.
For first responders: Get immediate help or resources on stress, depression, addiction and more.
Nominate a public safety worker for recognition from the State Fire Marshal or the EMS Section.
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.
Elevators and Amusement Rides
The Elevators and Amusement Rides Section regulates two of the safest modes of transportation that exist today: elevators and amusement rides.
- 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
- Building Safety and Services Applications, Forms and Permits
- Guidance to Schools on Unplanned Fire Alarms
- Get Prepared Fire Safety Tips
- Fire Safety Videos
- Fire Safety Cigarettes Program
- Fire Service Safety and Risk Management