County Fire Marshal

The Gloucester County Fire Marshal's Office was created by resolution of the Board of Chosen Commissioners and is part of the Department of Emergency Response. The County Fire Marshal shall: 

  • Act in an advisory capacity to all of the fire companies in the county
  • Conduct or assist in, when requested by the incident commander or fire chief of the department having jurisdiction, investigations pertaining to the cause and origins of fires
  • Conduct or review studies pertaining to the elimination of fire hazards
  • Subject to the approval of the Board of Chosen Commissioners, have the authority to enforce the provisions of the "Uniform Fire Safety Act," P.L.1983, c.383 (C.52:27D-192 et seq.).

Duties

Some of the duties of the Gloucester County Fire Marshal's Office are as follows:

  • Assist local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies with the investigation and prevention of all suspicious or incendiary fires
  • Accept the responsibility to be the local enforcing agency for a municipality under the New Jersey Uniform Fire Act, if requested to do so by ordinance of that municipality. The County Fire Marshal's Office currently is the Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) for the following municipalities: 
    • Clayton
    • East Greenwich
    • Elk
    • National Park
    • Newfield
    • Paulsboro
    • South Harrison
    • Swedesboro
    • Woolwich
  • Act as the county enforcing agency under the New Jersey Uniform Fire Act and performs fire safety inspections of all County-owned and leased buildings
  • Assist municipalities with the interpretation of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code, if needed
  • Offer assistance to families, mental health agencies, units of government, including law enforcement for the intervention in juvenile fire setting incidents and administers the county juvenile fire-setter program
  • Provides for the public awareness for the prevention and elimination of all fire hazards