Prevention Division

Mission Statement

To prevent the loss of life and property through inspections, public education, investigations, and enforcement with a proactive approach to fire and life safety within the community.

Services Provided

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Clearly marked addresses are vitally important to emergency services. A fire engine, ambulance, or police vehicle can be delayed several minutes trying to locate unmarked or poorly marked addresses. Such time delays can mean the difference between life and death.  The Oregon Fire Code requires that new and existing buildings have approved address numbers, building numbers or approved building identification. These numbers need to be placed in a position that is plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property. These numbers shall also contrast with their background. Address numbers shall be Arabic numerals or alphabet letters. Numbers shall be a minimum of 4 inches high with a minimum stroke width of ½ an inch.

Buildings must be easily identified by emergency responders from the emergency response vehicle. This should include the backs of buildings that face alleys or roads, since the emergency response unit may often be directed to the back entrance to a building, such as in a strip shopping center. The back door of each tenant space should have the numerical address and the store name on or above the door.
If your address is not currently posted on your house or at the end of your driveway, we strongly recommend you take this opportunity to remedy the situation.



Fire prevention personnel perform inspections and conducts tests on commercial structures and fire protection systems. Fire Prevention personnel work in conjunction with the Building Official to enforce fire code requirements related to building permits.

To inspect and witness testing of on-site piping and suppression systems as required by the National Fire Protection Association In Accordance With NFPA 25 – Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems.


The Roseburg Fire Department Engine Companies perform on-going inspections of business and industrial occupancies for compliance with Fire Code. The City of Roseburg has approximately 2,000 occupancies, and new businesses are coming into the City of Roseburg every year.

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The Roseburg Fire Department has implemented a self-inspection program for businesses within the City. This program provides an opportunity for the city business community to form a partnership in fire and life safety. This program is for businesses which statistically have a lower incident of fire, and code violations. This program is unique in that it meets basic goals common to both the owner/manager and the fire department. These goals include maintaining a reasonable level of fire and life safety standards, while providing a minimal amount of business disruption. This concept allows a business to meet the annual requirement for fire inspection through self-inspection. The program is designed to have the fire department perform an inspection of your business every third year, which allows the fire department to concentrate our inspection efforts on businesses or occupancies that pose a greater risk of fire or have demonstrated a higher incident of fire code violations.

Updated: March 2009
Our inspectors find that the following fire codes are frequently violated in commercial and multi-family buildings. To increase your safety and avoid paying extra fees, you may want to inspect your own building for these common problems before our inspector arrives. The inspector will also look for compliance with fire codes specific to your type of business or operation. For further information click here.


The Roseburg Fire Department will perform a fire and life safety inspection on each booth or vendor stand prior to and during the event.  For the Fire and Life Safety Regulations for Special Events Checklist click here.


Haunted houses, fun houses or other similar installations set up for 90 days or less inside a structure not designed for such a use is regulated by the Oregon Fire Code. These attractions are generally constructed during special events or during holidays, and often have young children and families in attendance. To this end, it is very important that the following requirements are adhered to and owners/managers involve the Fire Department in the safety planning and inspection process.

If you are planning on constructing a haunted house or a similar attraction in your business, church or meeting hall, please review the following guidelines prior to beginning your project. You will also need to contact the Fire Department and obtain a permit from the Fire Prevention Bureau. When requesting your permit and inspection, please provide a floor plan which shows the travel path, location of the exits, and location of fire extinguishers. You will also need to provide information on the types of flame resistive products used to treat decorative materials and details of your evacuation procedure.


Fire Prevention Bureau personnel work closely with service contractors to monitor fire protection systems within the City of Roseburg. These systems are critical for protection of the public and the buildings in which they are located.

Where a required fire protection system is out of service, the On-Duty Battalion Chief and/or Fire Prevention Bureau personnel shall be notified immediately. The building shall either be evacuated or an approved fire watch shall be provided for all occupants left unprotected by the shut down until the fire protection system has been returned to service.


The City of Roseburg processes approximately 300 new requests for a business registration each year. Fire Prevention personnel perform a business inspection on many of these businesses that require an inspection prior to opening.


A principal responsibility of the Fire Marshal's Office is to enforce applicable Fire & Life Safety codes. This is done through a system of permits and inspections. The codes apply to residential and commercial construction, places of assembly, special events (gatherings), fireworks stands, and the proper handling, storage, and use of hazardous substances.


The Fire Prevention Bureau conducts fire code research and interpretation for citizens who have questions concerning the fire code. The Roseburg Fire Department uses the currently adopted Oregon Fire Code.



As required in the Roseburg Municipal Code Section 7.08 False alarms

The Fire Prevention Bureau no longer offers this service to the general public as there are several local businesses that provide fire extinguisher training.
The benefits that employees will receive from fire extinguisher demonstrations are:
     • Information on basic fire and life safety.
     • How and when to use a fire extinguisher in the event of an
     • Becoming familiar with the firefighters of the community.
     • Hands-on training with the fire extinguishers.
     • Learning about the different types of fire extinguishers.
     • When to call 9-1-1


It is the responsibility of the Fire Prevention Bureau to investigate the fire and determine, if possible, the point of origin and cause of the fire. Following investigation, Fire Prevention personnel submit a written report and participate in any legal proceedings that may result from a fire.
ORS 476.210-270 Investigations of Fires; Reports


The Fire Prevention Bureau is committed to the safety and education of the community it serves. Our goal is to provide every citizen within our city the highest level of safety awareness training available. The Department can best accomplish this through fire safety education.

The Prevention Bureau can provide information and literature on many topics of fire safety, from home fire safety to work place fire safety.                                     



The Roseburg Fire Department Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention program is used to assess a juvenile's risk of continued fire setting behavior and to determine the course of action to correct the child's behavior.

Fire prevention personnel work with the Roseburg Police Department, Roseburg School District and other children service agencies, such as Services to Children and Families, educating juveniles on the dangers of fire setting.                        


The Knox Box® rapid entry system is a secure emergency access program developed for property owners and fire departments. When a fire breaks out or there is a medical emergency, Knox® products allow immediate entry into buildings and property without forced entry damage or delay. Property owners store entrance keys, access cards and floor plans in high-security Knox-Boxes mounted near building entrances. Each KNOX-BOX purchased by a property owner is keyed to a single master key controlled by the fire department.


The Fire Prevention Bureau performs plan review of fire protection system designs (automatic sprinklers, fire alarms, commercial cooking hoods) and assists the Building Department in review of fire/life safety issues related to building permit applications. The Fire Marshal also assists the Community Development Department in review of land use and development issues.



Deputy Fire Marshal, Monte Bryan, is the Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Roseburg Fire Department.  The PIO acts as media liaison during all major incidents - including all fires (structural and wildland), major traffic accidents, fatalities, and hazardous materials incidents. In addition, the PIO writes press releases and presents public service announcements (PSAs). The PIO also releases seasonal safety information to the media.                                          


Fire Prevention personnel are members of the Fire Department Safety Committee as well as the City of Roseburg Safety Committee. All internal investigations are done by the Safety Officer.       



Fire Prevention Bureau personnel participate in preliminary site review meetings requested by developers for commercial projects. On-site reviews and inspections are available upon request. 


In the past weed complaints were processed by the City of Roseburg Fire Department during the summer months.  The City of Roseburg Community Development Department will now respond to the complaints throughout the entire year. 

As a reminder any property owner, renter, or lessor who has control of property within the City of Roseburg, will need to remove any combustible growth that is taller than 12 inches. Piles of cut combustible material that will create a fire hazard must also be removed.

"Obnoxious vegetation" includes:
1.   Weeds, grass or legumes above a height of twelve inches.
2.   Poison oak or poison ivy.
3.   Vegetation or blackberry vines that:
       a.   Are a fire hazard because they are near other combustibles;
       b.   Extend into a public way; or
       c.   Are used for habitation by trespassers.
4.   Vegetation which is a vision obstruction.

 For more information on "Weed Abatement", please contact the Community Development Department at (541) 492-6750.