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        WELCOME TO THE OFFICE OF THE FIRE MARSHAL

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MISSION STATEMENT


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.

VISION STATEMENT


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
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meet our Staff & Office Hours 

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

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      Direct (585) 784-5359 
      Fax    (585) 784-5207
 

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


9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

OR BY APPOINTMENT

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 Fire Prevention Division; 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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FIRE PREVENTION WEEK  OCTOBER 5-11 2014


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ABOUT FIRE PREVENTION WEEK


Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

The 'Moo' myth

Like any good story, the 'case of the cow' has some truth to it. The great fire almost certainly started near the barn where Mrs. O'Leary kept her five milking cows. But there is no proof that O'Leary was in the barn when the fire broke out - or that a jumpy cow sparked the blaze. Mrs. O'Leary herself swore that she'd been in bed early that night, and that the cows were also tucked in for the evening.

But if a cow wasn't to blame for the huge fire, what was? Over the years, journalists and historians have offered plenty of theories. Some blamed the blaze on a couple of neighborhood boys who were near the barn sneaking cigarettes. Others believed that a neighbor of the O'Leary's may have started the fire. Some people have speculated that a fiery meteorite may have fallen to earth on October 8, starting several fires that day - in Michigan and Wisconsin, as well as in Chicago.

The biggest blaze that week

While the Great Chicago Fire was the best-known blaze to start during this fiery two-day stretch, it wasn't the biggest. That distinction goes to the Peshtigo Fire, the most devastating forest fire in American history. The fire, which also occurred on October 8th, 1871, and roared through Northeast Wisconsin, burning down 16 towns, killing 1,152 people, and scorching 1.2 million acres before it ended.

Historical accounts of the fire say that the blaze began when several railroad workers clearing land for tracks unintentionally started a brush fire. Before long, the fast-moving flames were whipping through the area 'like a tornado,' some survivors said. It was the small town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin that suffered the worst damage. Within an hour, the entire town had been destroyed.

Halloween Safety tips


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Halloween is a fun time for kids, but it is also an important time to be extra vigilant for possible safety hazards so that your children have a fun and safe Halloween.

Some tips to make Halloween safe include:

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Parent Tips  

  • Decorations are the first thing to ignite in 900 reported home fires each year. Two of five of these fires were started by a candle. Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards.
  • Do not use open flame candles in jack-o-lanterns. Commercially available battery lights are much safer and do not pose a fire hazard.
  • Tell your children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.
  • An adult should always accompany children under 12 years of age.
  • Parents should never let their children carve a pumpkin unsupervised.
  • Do not hand out homemade or unwrapped candies to children.
  • Urge your children to wait until they get home and you have had a chance to inspect the contents before eating any treats. Don't send them out on an empty stomach.
  • Parents should plan a route for your child to use while trick-or-treating and set an early return time for your child.
  • To welcome trick-or-treaters, switch on your porch lights or any exterior lights.

Trick or Treat Tips

  • Do not go inside anyone's house. Remain on the stoop or porch at all times.
  • Do not go into a stanger's automobile.
  • Do not take shortcuts through backyards, alleys, or parks.
  • Walk don't run.
  • When crossing the street look both ways. Do not cross in between cars.
  • Always use the sidewalk.
  • Trick-or-treat on well-lit streets within your neighborhood.
  • Children should always travel in a group.
  • Use the buddy system, and make sure you have at least one buddy with you the entire evening.
  • When you return home, have an adult examine and discard all candies that are not factory sealed or wrapped by the candy manufacturer. Never eat homemade or unwrapped treats.
  • Children should carry and know how to use a cell phone in case of an emergency.

Costume Tips

  • Only purchase and use flame retardant costumes.
  • Children should wear white, reflective clothing, or use reflective tape and carry either a flashlight or glow stick.
  • Costumes should fit properly avoid loose or baggy costumes.
  • Avoid any type of open flame while wearing costume.
  • Encourage children to wear face paint as oppose to a mask. Face paint should be non-toxic and meet FDA standards.
  • If mask is worn, make sure that the eye, mouth and nose openings are large enough to ensure adequate breathing and full range vision.
  • Children should never carry sharp objects. Ensure that all props are made of material that is flexible and non realistic looking.
  • Materials made of 100% polyester or mod acrylics are best for making homemade costumes. They are less flammable.
  • REMEMBER - A flame-retardant costume does not mean that it is fire proof. Always keep your costume away from any type of open flame or other heat sources.

Tips for Motorists

  • Be aware of children darting out between parked automobiles.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
  • Use caution while entering and exiting driveways.
  • During twilight and evening hours be mindful of children in dark costumes.
  • Never use your cell phone while driving.
  • Discourage teens from driving on Halloween. There are too many hazards and distractions for inexperienced drivers.  
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Change your clocks - Change your batteries 


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          Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 AM     
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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.

         For easy planning, download NFPA's escape planning grid.Safety Tip
                                  Read 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 Brighton.

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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