Contact Information

Fire Prevention Bureau

Fire Prevention Bureau: 440-247-1671

Inspection & Investigation:

Public Education: or 440-247-1223


The Fire Prevention Bureau (FPB) of the Chagrin Falls Fire Department serves in addition to Chagrin Falls the Villages of Bentleyville, Hunting Valley, Moreland Hills and the Cleveland Metroparks in those communities.

The FPB currently operates with a staff of two personnel. Fire Marshal Jim Finley heads the bureau and is The Fire Prevention Educator, Lt. Jesse Phan.

The FPB is primarily responsible for the enforcement of local, state, and federal laws pertaining to the prevention of fire and the maintaining of fire safe buildings throughout the communities we serve. These goals are primarily accomplished through the regular inspection of commercial properties, schools, hospitals and multi-family dwellings as well as review of plans for new properties.

Enforcement and Inspection

The Fire Marshal is involved with the fire safety requirements of all public events that take place within the communities we serve. The events add a unique dimension to fire safety protection.

These events bring a large number of people from the surrounding area into the community. Events such as concerts and festivals bring vendors and temporary structures for which the public has access to. Inspection for gas leaks, fire lanes, building access, electrical hazards, and general safety requirements are just a few of the issues that are addressed prior to the events taking place.

Vendors are given rules for fire safety and are inspected prior to opening. The events are safe and have proven to be successful over the years.

Inspections of all occupancies are performed, at a minimum, biannually and are occasionally conducted by fire companies with the Fire Marshal.

During these brief but important visits, firefighters take the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the property and any fire safety violations.

The FPB conducts over 1,000 site inspections, fire suppression system approvals and building construction inspections annually.

As always, the Chagrin Falls Fire Department, with the FPB taking the lead, is ever vigilant and attentive to fire code violations.