Bureau of Fire Prevention

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Brad Johnson, Division Chief/ Fire Marshal

3180 Atlanta Road
Smyrna, GA 30080

The Bureau of Fire Prevention was formed as a division of the fire department and is home to the City of Smyrna Fire Marshal's Office. The Fire Marshal's Office is tasked with four main responsibilities:

Fire and Life Safety Inspections

  • Conducting fire and life safety inspections of existing buildings and structures.

New Building Plan Review

  • Reviewing plans and specifications for proposed buildings and structures.  Plans that are submitted must display an architect, professional engineer, certificate of competency, or an interior designer seal.  

Construction Inspection

  • Performing inspections during all phases of construction with the issuance of permanent or temporary Certificates of Occupancy (CO's) upon construction completion. The Fire Marshal's Office issues a separate certificate of occupancy from the City of Smyrna Building Department.

Fire Investigation

  • Investigate the cause and origin of all fire and explosions.

These responsibilities are established under Title 25 of the Official Code of Georgia

Fire Safety Codes

The City of Smyrna follows the state minimum fire safety standards adopted in the rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to O.C.G.A. title 25, ch.2 (O.C.G.A. § 25-2-1 et seq.) including all subsequent revisions thereof including accessibility. If there are conflicts between the enforced standards, codes, and ordinances, the most restrictive shall have precedence.

Checklists can be found in the current editions of the applicable codes. Should you need further assistance contact us at 678 631-5372 or fireprevention@smyrnaga.gov

Current codes enforced by the Fire Marshal's Office include:

  • International Code Council (ICC)
    • International Fire Code (IFC)
    • International Building Code (IBC)            
    • International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
    • NFPA 101, Life Safety Code
    • All other current applicable NFPA Codes
  • For Accessibility: Title 30, 120-3-20 and the DOJ 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design 
  • Smyrna City Code, Chapter 50, Fire Prevention and Protection

For additional information see Smyrna City OrdinancesChapter 50: FIRE PREVENTION AND PROTECTION.

Sprinkler System Requirements

Use of sprinkler systems in multifamily structures and small commercial buildings.

All new commercial buildings shall be sprinkled throughout with an approved automatic sprinkler system.

Existing buildings, over 5,000 square feet shall have installed an approved automatic sprinkler system when one or more of the following apply:

- Change of occupancy type

- Additions to an existing building greater than 50 percent of its original footprint.

- An increase in occupant load (capacity).

- As required by other applicable codes.

(Ord. No. 97-14, 11-17-97; Ord. No. 2014-02 , 2-17-14; Ord. No. 2016-14 , § 5, 6-6-16) 

Brad Johnson

 Division Chief of Prevention

 Brad Johnson