The Fire Prevention Division provides life safety inspections of existing buildings open to the public and performs plan review for safety compliance of all new commercial, industrial, and multi-occupancy structures. The prevention division also provides the following additional services to the community: weed abatement, public education, and community wide risk reduction strategies. It also investigates fires for cause and origin determination and assists with the prosecution of arson caused fires. The division has adopted the 2013 California Fire Code along with the supporting technical codes. In 2014, the fire department performed over 2,099 annual life safety inspections on existing business and 180 plan checks. This was accomplished by two full time fire prevention inspectors and the engine companies. The prevention division also completed 111 plan review and on site inspection for new construction or tenant improvements.
The Tulare City Fire Department is responsible for enforcing local, state and federal fire safety laws. The Prevention Bureau achieves this by conducting annual fire & life safety inspections of all existing buildings that are open to the public. The bureau is very involved with the storage and sale of safe & sane fireworks, as well as large public gatherings most notably the World Ag Expo. The Prevention Bureau also performs plan reviews for safety compliance of all new commercial, industrial and multi-residential structures. The plan review consists of checking plans for fire safety features such as: fire sprinkler, and fire alarm plans.