The Fire Marshal Division is responsible
for the local fire code enforcement for 12 Ocean County municipalities:
Barnegat Light, Beach Haven, Bay Head, Harvey Cedars, Lakewood, Long
Beach Township, Plumsted Township, Point Pleasant Borough, Seaside
Park, Ship Bottom, South Toms River and Surf City. Duties in these
municipalities include fire inspections of commercial establishments,
enforcement of the state Fire Code and investigation of
fires. In addition to these municipalities, the Fire Marshal's
Office is responsible for inspecting all County-owned buildings, regardless
of their location.
The Fire Marshal's Office also responds to fire
scenes in every municipality, except Brick and Dover Townships,
to investigate fires as to cause and origin and also works with
the Prosecutor's Office.
The Fire Marshal's Office operated a "Kid's Fire Safety House"
which is a trailer designed to teach children how to escape from smoke-filled
rooms and how to spot potential fire hazards. This program reaches
over 12,000 children annually at schools, the county Fair, and other
public places. The Office also reaches out to schools during Fire
Safety Week in October of each year with a fire safety program.