Fire Marshal

Description of Services

The Trumbull Fire Marshal’s Office is responsible for fire code, plan review and enforcement, fire investigations, blasting code enforcement, fire prevention and education in the Town of Trumbull.

Connecticut State Statutes require that the Office of State Fire Marshal (O.S.F.M.) pre-certify all fire marshals. This pre-certification consists of two hundred hours of training in all areas. Each marshal must maintain ninety hours of training every three years to remain certified.

Fire code enforcement is one of the major responsibilities of the Fire Marshal’s Office. State Statute requires each occupancy (everything except one and two-family dwellings) to be inspected annually for compliance. Additionally, all plans for new construction or renovation must be reviewed prior to the issuance of a building permit. Inspections must be made during construction and prior to the occupancy of the building.

Blasting code enforcement is another critical area that is addressed by the office. Many residents get very upset when blasting occurs near their homes and only through strict enforcement of the blasting code can damage and injuries be kept to a minimum.

Fire Prevention and education also play a major role in the office’s daily routine. Presentations to church groups, babysitting classes, senior citizens and other civic groups help to spread the word on how to be safe from fire.

Other duties include inspection of underground tank removals; issuance and approval of open burning permits; tank truck inspections; meetings with architects, engineers, contractors and other design professionals to review concepts and code requirements and investigating complaints such as outside burning, overcrowding, locked exit doors, blocked aisle ways, etc.

Strict fire and blasting code enforcement as well as thorough investigation of fires have all contributed to a great degree of fire safety in the Town of Trumbull.

Information

OIL TANK REMOVALS

Currently, there is no law stating that a homeowner must remove and underground storage tank from their property. However, if you are going to sell your property, mortgage companies may require documentation that a tank has been removed or abandoned.

An underground storage tank can either be removed or legally abandoned (when necessary). The tank removal must be done by a licensed contractor. A permit must be pulled and the fee must be paid prior to the day of the tank removal. We need a minimum of 72 hours notice for the removal/abandonment, as the Fire Marshal must be on site to witness the removal/abandonment and taking of the soil sample by the contractor. No tanks shall be removed prior to Fire Marshal arrival, no exceptions. A copy of the soil analysis report shall be sent to the Fire Marshal’s Office for our records.

PLAN REVIEWS

The Trumbull Fire Marshal’s Office reviews all plans for new commercial construction in town, as well as plans for any renovations to existing commercial buildings to ensure compliance with the Connecticut State Fire Safety Code. This review process may take up to thirty (30) days to complete.

Once plans are received and the proper fees are paid, a marshal will review the plans and a plan review checklist is completed and sent to the architect or general contractor for review. When plans are corrected per the plan review comments, the permit can be released by the Building Department and construction can begin.

OPEN BURN PERMITS

Open burning is allowed only when issued a permit by the Fire Marshal’s Office. Permits can be obtained between the hours of 8a.m. and 4p.m. Monday through Friday. Once a burn permit has been applied for, a member of the Fire Marshal’s Office will set up a time to go and inspect the site where the burning will take place and go over rules and regulations. Burning must take place in an open area where there is an adequate water supply available. Only brush, no greater than 3 inches in diameter, may be burned. The burning of grass, leaves, construction material, trash or other debris is PROHIBITED. Open burning will not be allowed when the Air Quality Index is rated Unhealthy or Very Unhealthy, when the Forest Fire Danger Index is rated High or greater.

FIRE TAXES

Please note that fire taxes are not done through the Trumbull Fire Marshal’s Office. Fire taxes are done separately through the volunteer fire departments. For questions concerning your fire taxes, please contact the fire tax collector for your district:

Long Hill Fire District Contact: Sandy Trotta at 203-261-3912

Trumbull Center Fire District Contact: Sandy Mulligan at 203-445-0886

Nichols Fire District Contact: Norm Wilson at 203-378-0450

INSPECTIONS

THE FOLLOWING IS A BASIC LIST OF ITEMS THAT WILL BE INSPECTED. OTHER VIOLATIONS MAY BE DISCOVERED DURING TIME OF INSPECTION.

FIRE ALARM AND SPRINKLER:
  • Documentation showing fire alarm testing and servicing shall be provided. Fire alarm shall be maintained in accordance with NFPA 72
  • Documentation showing sprinkler testing and servicing shall be provided. Sprinkler shall be tested in accordance with NFPA 25
EXIT SIGNS:
  • All exit signs shall be properly illuminated
  • All batteries for backup power shall be in proper working order
FIRE EXTINGUISHERS:
  • All fire extinguishers shall have current year inspection tags
  • All fire extinguishers shall be properly mounted
  • All fir extinguishers shall be visually inspected and documented monthly
EMERGENCY LIGHTS:
  • All emergency lights shall be in proper working order
  • All emergency lights shall be tested once a month for 30 seconds and once a year for 1 ½ hours. Documentation shall be kept on this monthly testing
EXIT DOORS:
  • All exit doors shall be kept clear
  • All exit doors shall be closing and latching properly
  • All exit doors shall be free of deadbolts, slide bolts and padlocks. Only one locking mechanism is permitted per door
STOCK/STORAGE:
  • No storage or stock shall be stored within 18 inches of sprinkler heads
MISCELLANEOUS:
  • The uses of extension cords are not permitted, however, power strips for the use of computers are allowed
  • All electrical panels are to be labeled properly
  • There shall be no storage within 36 inches of electrical panels or transformers
FOOD AND COOKING ESTABLISHMENTS:
  • Provide documentation for semi annual hood and duct cleaning. Hood and duct maintenance shall be in accordance with NFPA 96
  • Provide documentation that fire suppression system has been tested and serviced. Maintenance shall be in accordance with NFPA 17 & 17A

Contact Information

Fire Marshal
Megan Murphy

Town Hall
5866 Main St. - Lower Level
Trumbull, CT 06611

Phone: (203) 452-5080
Fax: (203) 452-5093
firemarshal@trumbull-ct.gov

Mon-Fri 8:00AM-4:00PM
Closed for Legal Holidays

Deputy Fire Marshals:
Alex Rauso
Steve Pihonak
Paul Kurtz