The Fire Prevention Division devotes a large amount of time to educating the public on the dangers of and ways to prevent fires and other emergencies. Fire Prevention Week in the schools, a booth at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair, and fire extinguisher classes at a local business are but a few ways the Fire Prevention Division focuses on education.
The Fire Marshal supervises the Fire Prevention Division and is responsible for fire investigations, fire code enforcement, plan reviews and fire inspections. The Fire Marshal works with the city's Planning and Zoning Department on all plans for fire code compliance and work with builders during construction and business owners for the life of the building to maintain code compliance.
The Fire Marshal and Deputy Marshals are trained in arson investigation. The division's Inspector does annual inspections on every business in town, as well as reviewing new business construction plans. With the help of shift personnel, the division has installed thousands of smoke detectors in homes in Roswell. Prevention is the key to having the Roswell community be as safe and fire free as possible.
Any individual conducting open burning or any kind of recreational fire or bonfire must first obtain a permit from the Roswell Fire Department. The fire department will inspect the area in which the operation is to be conducted and determine if minimum requirements are met. These requirements can be found here.