Fire Prevention-Fire Marshal's Office

The Division of Fire Prevention consists of 3 investigators/inspectors and the Fire Marshal. The Division of Fire Prevention is part of the Division of Support within the Rome Fire Department. Division Chief Clete Bonney oversees the Support Division. Fire Prevention conducts routine and annual inspections for fire and safety. Title 25, Chapter 2, of the Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A.) allows the Safety Fire Commissioner of Georgia to adopt rules and regulations to promote fire safety. The primary task of the Fire Marshal's Office (FMO) is enforcing these "Rules and Regulations for the State Minimum Fire Safety Standards" as adopted by the State Fire Commissioner. These rules and regulations are adopted under Chapter 120-3-3 "Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner" and known as "Rules and Regulations for the State Minimum Fire Safety Standards." Multiple National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards and the International Fire Code are adopted under these 120 rules. According to 25-2-4 O.C.G.A., the codes have the "force and effect of law. "Georgia Law, O.C.G.A. Title 25. The City of Rome and Floyd County have adopted these State Minimum Standards:

  1. City of Rome Code of Ordinances 
  2. Floyd County Code of Ordinances

INSPECTIONS

All inspectors with Fire Prevention are members of the Georgia Fire Inspector’s Association. The primary tasks and goals of Fire Prevention are:
    A. Conduct fire & life safety inspections of existing buildings and structures.
    B. Recognized and potential fire and life safety hazards are identified and mitigated.
    C. Reliable egress for occupants from structures.
    D. Fire protection and life safety systems are installed and maintained to operate in an effective manner.
    E. Buildings are accessible and "user-friendly" to help responding fire crews quickly mitigate any fire or life safety emergency.


Fire Prevention conducts the following inspections:
    1. Consultations
    2. Annual Inspections
    3. 50%, 80%, 100% Inspections for new construction
    4. Fire Protection Systems: Sprinkler Systems, Fire Alarms and Hood Suppression systems
    5. New Business Licenses
    6. Alcohol Licenses
    7. Occupant Load Calculations

TERRITORY ASSIGNMENTS FOR INSPECTORS

Each Inspector is assigned a specific territory for assigned and scheduled inspections.  

  1. Inspector Whatley:    Downtown Rome, North Rome, Shannon area and Kingston areas
  2. Inspector Belcher:     West Rome, Coosa and Armuchee Area
  3. Inspector Jackson:     East and South Rome, Lindale and Silver Creek areas.

If you would like to apply or schedule an inspection, please click the link for the application and submit it at least 24 hours prior to the desired date and time of the inspection requested.

Common Fire Code Violations
The following pictures show examples of common fire code violations. The applicable fire code is provided beside each picture.

Fire Extinguisher

All fire extinguishers must be mounted to the wall in accordance with NFPA 10, 6.1.3.4, 2018 Edition.


Sprinkler Risers

All sprinkler risers shall have a 36" clearance in accordance with the International Fire Code, 2018 Edition, Section 901.4.6.











Extension Cord


Extension Cords and flexible cords shall not be a substitute for permanent wiring in accordance with the International Fire Code, 2018 Edition Section 604.5.