The objective of a fire investigation is to determine the origin of the fire. Interviews must be conducted, evidence collected, and comprehensive reports of all findings prepared. To complete these tasks, the Fire Investigator must know and understand the rules governing proper crime scene techniques, interviewing strategy, and the technical aspects of fire science.
If, during the initial stages of inquiry, evidence of criminal activity is uncovered, the fire Investigator must automatically shift to his secondary role, to identify and move against those responsible. A Fire Investigator who has reason to believe that arson was committed is obligated to develop the case to its fullest extent which may include filing of criminal charges and serving as a witness for the prosecution. Investigators are tasked with investigations within the 44 square miles of the City of Pasadena with a population of over 154,000.
Fire Investigators duties include but are not limited to:
Origin and Cause determination
Crime scene examinations
Forensic evidence collection
Public Information Assistance
Accelerant K9 Detection
Bomb Threats/Post Blast Investigation
Insurance Fraud Investigation
The Deputy Fire Marshals are Investigators and Fire Inspectors in the Fire Marshal Office, and must meet the requirements of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (Peace Officers) and Education and the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.
Investigators also provide training and education to the citizens of Pasadena.
The Inspection Division conducts inspections on all mercantile, manufacturing, and public buildings.They also inspect facilities that are licensed by the State of Texas. These include:
personal care facilities
group and registered homes
long-term care facilities
hospitals adult day care facilities
MHMR facilities etc.
The objective of the fire inspectors includes enforcement of fire and safety regulations by discovering any deficiencies that pose a threat to life and property from fire and requiring that they be corrected.
Enforcement is implemented when other methods fail. A Fire Marshal Notice (FMN) may be issued ordering the owner/occupant of the premises to correct any hazardous situations. If violations are not corrected the violator is subject to a fine of $200.-$2000. Each day until the violation is corrected.
The Pasadena Fire Marshal's Office enforces the 2015 International Fire Code which may be purchased from the International Code Council.
Business Hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except holidays.