The Plainfield Fire Marshal is required by State Statute to conduct inspections on an annual basis of all occupancies
covered by the Connecticut State Fire Code, except one and two family dwellings and premises used for manufacturing
purposes. We are also required to conduct pre–construction code compliance plan reviews of all commercial and
assembly construction projects prior to the issuance of a building permit. This Office issues permits for blasting
operations, pyrotechnic displays and vehicles carrying hazardous materials. We make many fire safety presentations
to a variety of age groups during the year.
The Fire Marshal is also required to investigate the origin and cause of all fires and explosions within the Town. These
investigations include grass and woods fires, vehicle fires, room and contents fires as well as major structure fires
including fatal fires.
Detectives from the Connecticut State Police Office of State Fire Marshal or the local police
provide assistance in major investigations. We have found that these fires were caused by many different causes including
mechanical or product failures, discarded smoking materials, accidental causes and intentional acts of arson. Improper
and careless use of candles has caused a significant number of fires in the past and continues to be a problem here in
The Fire Marshal also serves as Burning Official for the Town, enforcing the State of Connecticut Department of
Environmental Protection Air Quality regulations. All proposed locations of open burning are inspected, and if
in compliance with State Regulations, written permits are issued. Investigations of illegal and non-permit burns
are conducted with the State DEP Air Management investigators and the local police.