An application period for new Public Safety Officers will start April 24. Serving as a PSO is a rewarding career with great benefits and many opportunities to advance. Plus, KDPS will pay for your training! Connect with a recruiter to learn more.
The mission of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Fire Marshal’s Office is to protect our citizens and visitors to our community from the perils of fire, explosions, and other hazardous conditions. Our mission will be accomplished by highly trained and dedicated staff in partnership with other City of Kalamazoo entities, and the community.
We will actively participate within our community, serve as role models, and strive to effectively and efficiently utilize all resources made available. This is accomplished through aggressive criminal investigation of fire and explosive incidents, quality fire protection engineering services, support of area agencies in fire suppression, enforcement of the Fire Code, and public fire prevention and safety education.
The City of Kalamazoo has over 3000 businesses, multi-residential housing, and other commercial properties, which are inspected or have pre-incident surveys conducted on an annual basis. The majority are conducted by the 30 officers assigned to our five different fire stations throughout the City. The Fire Marshal’s Office also has a role in the following processes within the City:
Origin and cause determination of fires that occur in the City are conducted by the Fire Marshal when there are suspicious circumstances, high loss, injury/fatality, and when the cause is not obvious to the Incident Commander.
Review the City of Kalamazoo's Fire Code
It is important for all college students to prioritize fire safety, whether they live alone or with friends, on-campus or off, or in a house or an apartment building.
The furnishings in our homes now are so much more combustible than in past decades. Modern fires burn much faster, hotter, and create more combustible smoke. Residential sprinklers are the best tool to suppress them.
The Fire Prevention Code requires key vaults at commercial properties to allow access in an emergency even if the business is closed.
Learn special restrictions that apply to using BBQ grills at multi-unit properties, like apartment buildings.
Fire Marshal Scott Brooks
Fire Marshal Jeremy Shaffer