The Fire Prevention Bureau conducts fire, and 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 bureau also provides the following additional services to the community: weed abatement, public education, and community wide risk reduction strategies.
The Fire Investigation Team investigates all fires for origin and cause determination. Fire Investigators collect evidence, take photographs, interview witnesses, and assist with the prosecution of intentionally set fires.
The division has adopted the 2016 California Fire Code along with the supporting technical codes. In 2018, the fire department performed about 1,500 annual life safety inspections on existing, and new business and 232 plan checks. This was accomplished by two full time fire prevention inspectors and the engine companies.
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.
In July of 2019, the bureau was restructured to include one Fire Marshal and one Fire Inspector III. The Fire Marshal is responsible for all of the supervisory and administrative functions of the fire prevention bureau and the fire investigation team.