Welcome to the Maine Office of State Fire Marshal
The mission of the Office of State Fire Marshal is to prevent loss of life and property for those that live, work and visit in the State of Maine. Our goal is to protect against the devastation of fire, explosions and life safety hazards with integrity and fairness through fire prevention, public education, planning, research, investigation and enforcement of enacted laws and rules.
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Maine Governor Paul LePage discussed the distribution of free smoke detectors in his weekly radio address on December 2, 2014. Select the link to go to a transcript of this radio address.
The Maine Fire Marshal’s Office is hosting a class on NFPA 25 Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems in conjunction with the National Fire Sprinkler Association on January 29, 2015 in Augusta. The class is intended for authorities having jurisdiction, facilities managers, the fire sprinkler industry, and others with an interest in the inspection and testing of water based fire protection systems. CEU’s for certifications will be awarded by NFSA upon completion of the class. A copy of NFPA 25 will be provided to all registered participants. Please select the link to access a PDF document for more information: NFPA 25 training (PDF, 69 KB)
The holiday season is upon us, and the Maine State Fire Marshal's Office has developed a policy regarding Christmas trees in public buildings. Please select the link for further information: 2014 Christmas tree policy (PDF, 73 KB)
The 2013 Annual Report for the Maine State Fire Marshal's Office is available to view in PDF format: 2013 Annual Report (PDF, 2.8 MB)
Last year, fires killed over 3,000 people, injured more than 15,000 and caused an estimated $11.5 billion in damage, Over a five-year period, the cause of ignition in the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) was unknown in almost three out of every five home fire deaths, according to the United States Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association. Recognizing the reporting gap in NFIRS, the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) has launched a free, online training program for the fire service, “Understanding Your Role in Fire Incident Data,” available at NASFM’s training portal
Kidde has done a voluntary recall of certain smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Select the following documents for more information on this recall.
Kidde Voluntary Recall Letter to State Fire Marshals (PDF, 106 KB)
Kidde Description Sheet on Recalled Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms (PDF, 3 MB)
List of Maine chimney sweeps found during a web search on 10/30/14 (PDF, 36 KB)