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The Office of the Fire Marshal is committed to providing the best public service 
possible in order to improve public safety and protect the lives and property of every citizen and visitor to the Town of Brighton.


The development of sound fire prevention practices through professional fire and life safety plan review services, coupled together with our education and inspection program continues to ensure the delivery of an unmatched level of professionalism and guidance to our community

meet our Staff & Office Hours 

 Chief Fire Marshal Deputy Fire Marshal  Deputy Fire Marshal  Office Hours
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Christopher Roth Jared Guhl 
David Kaltenbach Monday - Friday
    Direct (585) 784-5220
    Fax     (585) 784-5207

Direct (585) 784-5214 
Fax     (585) 784-5207 
Direct (585) 784-5359
Fax     (585) 784-5207
2300 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, New York 14618

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


duties and responsibilities

Holds responsibility for the fire prevention division; enforces the provisions of the Fire Prevention code and the laws and regulations of Town of Brighton pertaining to fire prevention and fire protection.

Has responsibility for the administration and enforcement of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.

Has responsibility for the inspection of all buildings and premises, with the exception of residential dwelling units, accordance with the provisions of the Town of Brighton Fire Prevention Code.

Reviews plans for new construction and installation of fire protection equipment to assure fire and life safety regulations are met.

Investigates complaints received by the Office of the Fire Marshal; establishes and maintains comprehensive records of all business transacted such as complaints, inspections, investigations, notices served and permits written.

Confers with, answers questions for and provides direction to property owners, contractors, engineers, architects and others regarding fire protection requirements.

Assists with investigation of all fires involving injury or substantial loss of property.

The Chief Fire Marshal also serves as the Emergency Disaster Coordinator, Employee Safety & Loss Prevention Coordinator and Secretary to the Public Safety Committee.

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Notice of Emergency Rule Adoption  


** NEW** Transition Period for Existing Commercial Buildings

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Compliance Date: June 27, 2016  


The “transition period” provides that owners of existing commercial buildings are encouraged to install carbon monoxide detection as quickly as practicable; provides that the owner of an existing commercial building shall not be deemed to be in violation of section 1228.4.

If the owner provides the authority having jurisdiction with a written statement certifying that such owner is attempting in good faith to install carbon monoxide detection that complies with the requirements of this section 1228.4.

In such owner’s existing commercial building as quickly as practicable; and provides that carbon monoxide detection that satisfies the requirements of section 1228.4 must be installed and must be fully operational in all existing commercial buildings by the end of the transition period. 

The rule text in is available by clicking here.
Click here for the webex slide presentation (PFD Format)


Spring Cleaning fire safety 

In the House

spring cleaning.pngTest your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, change batteries immediately if needed.  For more information check out our section on smoke alarm & carbon monoxide detector maintenance sections.

Check your fire extinguishers. 

Check for overloaded or damaged extension cords, replace when necessary.                           

Ensure you have an emergency preparedness kit in case of incidents such as power outages and flooding.

Practice your family’s fire escape plan so everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency

Windows should be checked to ensure they open and close properly, in case they are needed as an exit

Properly store household chemicals and never mix cleaning agents

Recycle: Get rid of old newspapers, magazines and junk mail. These items tend to pile up and can greatly contribute to the severity and spread of fire.

Check and clean filters above stove.

Pull refrigerator out and vacuum or dust the coils.

Always keep stairs and landings clear for safe evacuation in event of an emergency.

Around the house

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Maintain a clear 'fire zone' of 10' around structures.

Check outdoor electrical outlets and other electrical appliances for animal nests and to ensure proper wiring.

Keep 100' of garden hose with an attached nozzle connected and ready for use.

Remove leaves and trash from carports and garages: Combustible materials are dangerous if they are exposed to heated automobile components, especially under the vehicle.

Clean up and properly store paints, pool and yard chemicals.

Check fuels containers for leaks and make sure they are properly stored.

Let power equipment sit for approximately 30 minutes before placing it inside to be sure there is no possibility of fire.

Emergency escape plan

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Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.

In 2012, there were an estimated 365,000 reported home structure fires and 2,380 associated civilian deaths in the United States.

Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. 

Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes.  Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.
Safety Tip                                          
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 NFPA's escape planning tips and
download our free safety tip sheet.




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The Town of Brighton - Office of the Fire Marshal should not be confused with the 
primary fire suppression and first response emergency medical operations provided by the 
Brighton Fire District or the City of Rochester Fire Department within the Town of Brighto

The Office of the Fire Marshal should not be confused with the 
primary fire suppression and first response emergency medical operations provided by the 
Brighton Fire District or the City of Rochester Fire Department within the Town of Brighton

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