Fire Prevention Division

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Jacksonville Fire & Emergency Services works to educate Citizens about fire prevention, offering tips and guidelines for safety at home and on the job. The Division also manages fire inspections within the City limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). The City's main goal is to keep you free and safe from fire through education, inspections, and community outreach.

To meets goals, the Division focuses on:

  • Overseeing fire protection requirements during commercial construction or renovation, including plan reviews, permits, and associated fees
  • Knox Box program - where with one master key, Firefighters can quickly gain access to the commercial and residential property during emergency situations.
  • Fire Investigations - The division is responsible for fire investigations, determining the cause of the fire and reporting these findings, and also assists with completing fire prevention/life safety programs for local businesses, civic groups, and any other organization upon request. 
  • Additional duties -  Tier II reports, property history, community event requests, car seat program, smoke alarm program, Remembering When Program, burning in the City of Jacksonville, home safety checks, and fire extinguisher training.

Jacksonville Fire &Emergency Services Prevention Division consists of one Fire Marshal, one Deputy Fire Marshal, one Community Risk Reduction Specialist, and one part-time Fire Inspector.

Holiday Fire Safety: Fireworks


Please do not use fireworks that are illegal for your safety and the safety of others. When setting off fireworks at home, please read the safety instructions on the item to help prevent fire or injury.

The City of Jacksonville does not allow certain types of fireworks within City limits. What is legal in Jacksonville and what is not? NCGS 14 to 414 defines:

Legal: Caps, glow worms, smoke devices, party or string poppers, snappers or poppers, sparklers.

Illegal: If it spins while on the ground or can propel itself into the air or can explode, it is illegal.

What should people do if their neighbors are setting off a lot of illegal fireworks? If anyone hears or sees something that they believe is a violation of the law, they should contact Jacksonville Police at 910-455-4000.

Not sure if your fireworks are legal? Jacksonville’s City Ordinance: 

Sec. 15-31 - Fireworks, Firearms contains a detailed list of legal and illegal fireworks. (View City Ordinance on fireworks)