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Fire and Building Safety Division

Division of Fire and Building Safety

About the Division of Fire and Building Safety

IDHS fire marshal logo
IDHS fire marshal logo

The Division of Fire and Building Safety inspects buildings, reviews architectural plans, certifies first responders and more around the state to ensure the day-to-day safety of Hoosiers.

The Indiana State Fire Marshal, appointed by the governor, serves as the director of the Division of Fire and Building Safety. The marshal directly oversees and guides the sections of the Academy, boilers and pressure vessels, code enforcement, elevators and amusement rides, emergency medical services, fire investigations, hazardous materials/radiation/CBRNE and training.

The Indiana State Building Commissioner, also appointed by the governor, oversees the sections of building plan review and code services.

All sections collaborate to prioritize safety for all Hoosier communities and citizens.

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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 Polyfluoroalky1 (PFAS) foam from Indiana fire agencies. Read about the new initiative and contact firemarshal@dhs.in.gov with questions.

Residential Fire Fatalities Dashboard

The Division of Fire and Building Safety is committed to reducing the number of deaths caused due to residential fires in the state. The dashboard tool shows a map of where these deaths have occurred and includes information on how the fires were caused. Agencies should continue to notify IDHS of all fatal fires via the Fatal Fire Report Form.

Visit the Get Alarmed page to learn about fire safety or to report smoke alarm installations.

Nominate a public safety worker for recognition from the State Fire Marshal or the EMS Section.

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Residential Fire Fatalities Map

IDHS fire investigators are often called to assist local jurisdictions in suspicious residential fires where a person died. The map below tracks the number of people who have died in a residential fire in each Indiana county, whether IDHS performed an investigation or not.
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