What We Do
The Fire Marshal’s Office is responsible for the annual inspection of all existing buildings (except one- and two- family dwellings), for compliance with the Connecticut State Fire Safety Code. The office also reviews plans for new construction and renovations and performs inspections during construction.
The New Canaan Fire Marshal’s Office is located on the lower level of Town Hall. Personnel include a full-time Fire Marshal, Deputy Fire Marshal, Fire Inspector and an administrative assistant. The Connecticut Department of Public Safety, which has a continuing education requirement, certifies all members of the professional staff. Each member brings expertise from varied backgrounds including incident command, high level hazardous material training, interdepartmental and agency networking from local to national levels, and fire safety from the perspective of industry including code writing.
The Fire Marshal's Office documents the removal of oil tanks. Removal of tanks at private residences involves filling out a Registration form, commercial installations must consult with the Fire Marshal and Building Inspector on more detailed requirements.
Fire Marshal additional responsibilities include:
1. Responding to hazardous material spills and cleanups
2. Inspecting and enforcing regulations on LP Gas installations
3. Investigating the cause and origin of all fires in town
4. Issuing blasting permits and monitoring blasting operations
5. Enforcing safety regulations for community fireworks displays
6. Monitoring certain private events to insure that safety guidelines are observed
The Fire Marshal’s Office, in conjunction with the New Canaan Fire Company, provides nursery and elementary schools with fire prevention programs during "Fire Prevention Month" in October. Requests for these visits have increased due to greater awareness of fire safety at a young age. "Stop, Drop & Roll", "Don’t Play with Matches", "Crawl Low Under Smoke" as well as seeing a fully-equipped firefighter and a fire engine are included in the program. For older students the need for having a home escape plan and the importance of testing installed smoke detectors is discussed. Information on home escape plans, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguisher operation is available from the Fire Marshal's Office.
Main Telephone: 203-594-3030
Fred Baker, Fire Marshal
John Pokorny, Deputy Fire Marshal
Paul Payne, Fire Inspector
Jill Stayman, Administrative Assistant
Town Hall, Lower Level
77 Main St
New Canaan, CT 06840