Public Education Division

Mission and Responsibilities

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office, Public Education Division is responsible for duties that include, but are not limited to, the development and implementation of public fire and life safety programs and activities statewide and the administration of the Fire-Safe Cigarette certification program for tobacco manufacturers.
 
 
Fire Education Resources and Programs

The State Fire Marshal's Office is dedicated to providing fire safety information to all West Virginian's. Education is a key component in reducing the number of preventable fires and the unfortunate deaths that occur from such events. Knowing what to do in the event of a fire is important and these safety tips will give you essential information to take the necessary steps to stay safe.
   
The Kanawha Charleston Health Department invites the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office on their podcast to discuss fire prevention and education, take a listen!  ----> Fire Prevention Podcast
 
Marshal Tyree was a guest on The Road Ahead recently to discuss fire prevention and education for seniors. The program is hosted by the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services. Watch the video here ---> The Road Ahead - Senior Living, Fire Prevention Month
 
Winter Safety 

Heating is the second leading cause of U.S. home fires, deaths and injuries. December, January and February are the peak months for heating fires. Space heaters are the type of equipment most often involved in home heating equipment fires, figuring in two of every five fires (40%). More statistics on heating fires.

Did you know?
    
The Public Education Division promotes programs that aim to reduce loss of life and property through education via the following services: 
- Older Adults Fire Safety 
- Preschool Fire Program 
- College & Universities 
- Residential Fire Sprinklers 
- NFPA’s RISK Watch 
- Smoke Alarm Projects 
- Special Needs/ Disability Fire Safety 
- Emergency Needs/ Disability Fire Safety

Staff Listing

Division Director
Bob Sharp, Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal
(304) 558-2191 Ext. 53211
Field Personnel
Public Information Specialist II - VACANT
Public Information Specialist I - Tim Rock