Fire Marshal's Office

Life Safety & Fire Prevention

The Fire Marshal’s office is responsible for enforcing the codes and standards put in place to protect life and property. Every measure taken is meant to both prevent fires as much as possible and, when fire does come, to save as many lives as possible.

This office accomplishes this task through fire inspections for businesses, transient rental units, and installations of detection and protection devices on a regular basis. But the job doesn’t end when a fire starts. This division also performs fire investigations when the smoke clears.

The Mission

Fire Prevention departments across the country are dedicated to the constant improvement of our understanding of the nature of fires and how to best protect you and your loved ones from them.

The goal of this office is to see every business, residence, and public event properly equipped to prevent fires and save lives.

Mayor Teri Johnston and the Key West City Commission proclaimed October 9 - 15, 2022 as Fire Prevention Week, and the Key West Fire Department calls all of October Fire Prevention Month.

Each year, the National Fire Protection Association focuses on a theme.  For 2022 it's “Fire Won't Wait, Plan Your Escape."

"This year's theme effectively reminds all of us of the importance of developing a fire escape plan for all members of your household and practicing your plan regularly," said Captain Jason Barroso, the Division Chief of Fire Prevention and the City's Fire Marshal.

He noted that firefighters would visit schools and community gatherings to share this safety message.

“I would also like to remind the citizens of Key West that we receive a yearly donation of smoke/CO2 combination detectors, which allows us to provide free smoke/co2 detectors for community members in need.”

The detectors are available at Central Fire Station #1 at 1600 North Roosevelt Blvd.

“We want to thank Mrs. Diane Schmidt and D.J. McCarthy of Opal Key Resort, as well as Andy Strunk of Strunk Ace Hardware, for generously donating the detectors."

Fire Prevention Week