Bureau of Fire Prevention
Welcome to the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department Bureau of Fire Prevention web page. Our mission is to protect live and property from fire and explosions by providing inspection, life safety education and fire investigation services through our Fire Investigation and Fire Code Administration Divisions.

If we may be of assistance in any way, please do not hesitate to call our customer desk (251) 208-7484 or (251) 208-7497 or by visiting our office at 2851 Old Shell Road Mobile, Alabama 36607.

Fire Investigations
The Fire Investigation Division is supervised and led by District Chief Gene Bennett. Chief Bennett is the senior ranking Police Officer on the department, with a combined 15 years of federal and state law enforcement experience and 17 years of fire service experience. The Division consists of three investigators who work a 24-hour shift and three follow-up Investigators assigned to a 40 hour shift providing complete, around the clock investigations of all fires. The Fire Investigators, also certified Police Officers, investigate all structural fires in the City of Mobile and its legal jurisdiction for the cause and origin of the fire. The purpose of the investigation is to determine if accident or a malicious act caused the fire. If it is discovered the fire is incendiary (intentional), the Fire Investigators are responsible for case development as well as assistance in prosecution. A fire report will be generated, which will be available at this office. The coversheet for a report is available at a minimal cost. Contact the office with the date of loss and the address where the fire occurred, our office can have the report ready for you when you arrive. Any information, beyond the coversheet, may be obtained through a subpoena. In addition to investigating fires for cause and origin the Fire Investigation Division provides assistance to the Code Enforcement Division with arrest and citation authority.

Fire Code Administration Staff

The Fire Code Official for the City of Mobile is responsible and accountable for all activities that are channeled through the Fire Code Administration Division, including but not limited to interpretation and enforcement of the provisions of the City of Mobile Municipal Fire Code. The specific scope, purpose, intent, limitations and legal authority of this code as outlined in the 2009 International Fire Code. You can contact the Bureau of Fire Prevention at 251-208-7484.

Samuel Allen, Fire Service Captain, is assigned to the Project Development Unit. He can be contacted via e-mail: samuel.allen@cityofmobile.org Office: (251) 208-5801

Miss Olivia Baskin, Secretary I, is assigned to the Customer Service Unit. She can be contacted via Bureau of Fire Prevention Office: (251) 208-7484.

Debbie Bryars, Fire Service Captain, is assigned to the Public Assembly Event Unit. She can be contacted via e-mail: bryarsd@cityofmobile.org Office: (251) 208-5860.

Marshall Campbell, Marshall Campbell, Fire Service Captain, is assigned to the District 2 inspection unit. He can be contacted via e-mail: campbellm@cityofmobile.org Office: (251) 208-5804.

Jimmy Harper, Fire Service Captain, is assigned to the District 3 Inspection Unit. He can be contacted via e-mail: harperj@cityofmobile.org Office: (251) 208-5805.

Brandon Jackson, Fire Service Captain, is assigned to the District 4 Inspection Unit. He can be contacted via e-mail: jacksonb@cityofmobile.org Office: (251) 208-5836.

James May, Fire Service Captain, is assigned to the Project Development Unit. He can be contacted via e-mail: james.may@cityofmobile.org Office: (251) 208-5808.

Dwight Smith, Fire Service Captain, is assigned to the Public Education Unit. He can be contacted via e-mail: dwight.smith@cityofmobile.org Office: (251) 208-5802.

Samuel Tucker, Fire Service Captain, is assigned to the District 1 Inspection Unit. He can be contacted via e-mail: tuckers@cityofmobile.org Office: (251) 208-5810.

Fire Code Administration Units

Administration Service
Administrative Service Unit is responsible for the administrative functions, including participation with the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Adjustment and associated building trade code departments, formulation of policies and procedures, resource management and information technology. Fire Code Administration Guidance Documents can be accessed on the City of Mobile Web Site "Forms and Documents" page - http://www.cityofmobile.org/services2.php

Customer Service
Customer Service Unit is responsible for processing fire prevention permits, requests for fire code information and inspections, maintenance and nuisance complaints; managing permit, inspection and violation records; and fire investigation report requests.

Project Development
Project Development Unit is responsible for participating in project development meetings, plan examinations for code compliance of new construction or renovation and alteration of existing commercial projects and review of installation plans for fire protection systems and equipment.

District Inspection
District Inspection Units are responsible for providing inspections that include:
  • Assembly, education, and health care and other high hazard facilities.
  • New construction and modifications to existing structures and
  • Change of occupancy inspections associated with a building code permit
  • Requests for inspections by other agencies such as DHR requirements for Child Care Facilities.

Each District is defined areas of the city in accordance with the established District Chief Emergency Response Zones.

Existing Occupancy
Existing Occupancy Unit is responsible for providing inspections and ensuring compliance with minimum standards for the general safety and welfare of the public and occupants of existing occupancies. An existing occupancy is one that was approved and is being maintained in accordance with the code adopted at the time of the construction of the building or structure.

Public Assembly Event
Public Assembly Event Unit is responsible for ensuring Fire Code requirements are identified during the event planning stage. Public assembly events involve various risk factors associated with having large numbers of people in one location. The primary risk factors are the high occupant density, occupants that are not familiar with the building, and in some cases darkness. These risks can be managed through proper event planning and management.

Public Fire and Life Safety Education
Public Fire and Life Safety Education Unit provides awareness programs focusing on fire prevention, life safety issues and hazards in the home and workplace. Programs are targeted to age appropriate audiences for the material being presented.

Plans are reviewed for:

  • New construction and renovations to existing buildings.
  • Building Code Summary http://www.cityofmobile.org/pdf/150ca106.pdf
  • Fire Alarm System Plan Review
  • Fire Suppression Sprinkler Systems Plan Review
  • Commercial Kitchen Suppression Hood Plan Review The Most Common Plan Review Deficiencies

The following design items most frequently cause the rejection of plans.

  1. Incomplete building code studies for new buildings and tenant improvements.
  2. Site plans that lack complying emergency fire access roads.
  3. Site Plans that do not provide available water flow information, size and location of water mains, and the distance and location of hydrants.
  4. Fire department connections (FDCs) that are not in an accessible location near the front entry point of the building.
  5. Smoke detector locations are not detailed nor provided in all the required locations.
  6. Fire extinguisher classification type and mounting locations that are not detailed.
  7. Fire extinguisher cabinets that are recessed into the fire-rated assemblies that do not provide a listed or approved detail of how the wall assembly fire rating is maintained.
  8. Complete information and design details for high piled storage areas that are not provided as required by the International Fire Code.
  9. Emergency lighting designs seldom provide the required 1 foot-candle at the floor level along the exit path.

Occupancy Inspections including: Inspections are an important part of confirming and verifying fire code compliance. For new construction or tenant renovations, inspections are performed to confirm that fire protection systems are installed according to standards. A fire inspection is required for day care occupancies and before a certificate of occupancy is issued. A 24 hour advance request required.

  • Business
  • Hospitals
  • Day Care
  • Senior Living Facilities
  • Schools
  • Motel/Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Bars/Night Clubs
  • Final Inspection for Certificate of Occupancy

Useful Information on Fire Prevention (pdf formats)