News & Announcements

Solar Permitting Plan Review Course
10/17/2017
SOLAR PERMITTING PLAN REVIEW COURSE* is an interactive, in person course designed to provide a practical process for consistent plan review, with an emphasis on how to catch the most frequent installation errors....more
MEDIA RELEASE: State Fire Marshals Arrest Two in Kanawha County Arson Case
10/13/2017
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Investigators with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office arrested two individuals in Kanawha County, alleging they set fire to a residence in Sissonville to gain insurance money. ...more
MEDIA RELEASE: State Fire Marshals Make Arrests in Two Mingo Arson Cases
10/11/2017
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Investigators with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office made multiple arrests in Mingo County last week. ...more
MEDIA RELEASE: Barbour County Man Admits to Setting Fires
10/10/2017
Charleston, W.Va. – Investigators with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office have arrested a Barbour County man on arson charges....more
Return of The WV State Fire School
10/02/2017
After a 10 year hiatus I am pleased to announce the return of the WV State Fire School. ...more
Fire Prevention Week 2017: Every Second Counts, Plan Two Ways Out
09/26/2017
In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy....more
West Virginia International Association of Arson Investigators Training Conference October 16th and 17th 2017
09/21/2017
West Virginia International Association of Arson Investigators Training Conference October 16th and 17th 2017...more
MEDIA RELEASE: State Fire Marshals Investigate Fire Fatality in Greenbrier Co.
08/10/2017
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office has ruled a fatal fire in Greenbrier County as accidental. ...more
MEDIA RELEASE: Arson Investigation in Wayne County Leads to Arrest
08/02/2017
CHARLESTON, W.Va. –The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office has charged a Wayne County man with arson, after he admitted to setting fire to an unoccupied Wayne County home in July. ...more
Notice of Passing: Jeffrey Pittman, Sophia City Fire and Rescue Chief
07/17/2017
Fire Chief and Paramedic Jeffrey Allen Pittman, 54 of Sophia received his final call on Friday July 14, 2017....more
WV Weekend at the National Fire Academy
07/17/2017
Class schedule and application information for West Virginia Weekend at the National Fire Academy ...more
MEDIA RELEASE: ‘Safety First on the Fourth’ is the goal of the WV State Fire Marshal’s Office
06/27/2017
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks has long been a national tradition. West Virginians heartily embrace this tradition...more
MEDIA RELEASE: Arson Investigation in Mingo County Leads to Two Arrests
05/11/2017
CHARLESTON, W.Va. –The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office has charged two people with arson, alleging they set fire to an unoccupied home in Mingo County earlier this month....more
Media Release: Multi-Agency Investigation Leads to Arrest of Volunteer Firefighter
05/09/2017
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Investigators with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office have arrested a man for his role in two fires earlier this year in Morgan County....more
The West Virginia University Extension Service is seeking Extension Trainers for their Fire Service program.
04/26/2017
The West Virginia University Extension Service is seeking Extension Trainers for their Fire Service program....more
MEDIA RELEASE: Recognizing Fire Service During National Volunteer Week
04/25/2017
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – National Volunteer Week recognizes those who offer up their time to help others. ...more
MEDIA RELEASE: Kanawha County Couple Perish in House Fire
03/31/2017
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia has suffered 23 civilian fire death so far this year following an early morning house fire Thursday that killed a Cross Lanes couple....more
Firefighter Training Offered in Oak Hill
03/29/2017
Training Being Offered in Oak Hill for Firefighters "Impact of Tactical Ventilation, High Risk, Why Engine Companies Fail, Smoke Danger" ...more
Fireworks Training School To Be Held April 1st, 2017
03/23/2017
The 2017 Shooter’s Training School presented by the Hurricane Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday April 1st, 2017 at 9:00 a.m....more
MEDIA RELEASE - Information sought, reward offererd in recent Taylor County burglary-arson
03/15/2017
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Investigators with the Office of the West Virginia State Fire Marshal are requesting information in an ongoing arson/burglary investigation in Taylor County....more
MEDIA RELEASE: A Reminder to West Virginians: Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries
03/10/2017
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Daylight saving time starts Sunday, March 12, and it’s a good time for people to check and change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This process is quick and easy and it could save a life!...more
MEDIA RELEASE: W.Va. State Fire Marshals arrest mother in January fire that killed two children
03/09/2017
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Investigators with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office have arrested a Martinsburg woman in connection with a fire that killed her two children....more
MEDIA RELEASE - State Fire Marshals Arrest One on Storage Units Arson Charges
02/24/2017
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – On January 26, 2017, a fire occurred at Aero Self Storage, located at 3075 Beverly Pike, Elkins, WV in Randolph County. ...more
MEDIA RELEASE: WV State Fire Marshals Arrest Man On Arson Charges
01/27/2017
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Investigators from the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office have arrested a man in Jefferson County for his involvement in a New Year’s Eve fire....more
MEDIA RELEASE: Warning against mixing medical oxygen, smoking
01/13/2017
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia has suffered a number of fire-related deaths linked to smoking around medical oxygen. ...more
Notice of Passing: Dale L. Clayton, Former WV Fire Commissioner
01/06/2017
Dale Lloyd Clayton, 83, of Fairmont, passed away on Tuesday (Jan. 3, 2017) at the Fairmont Health and Rehabilitation Center. ...more
MEDIA RELEASE - State Fire Marshal’s Office Sends Safety Warning Ahead of Cold Weather
01/06/2017
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Heating-related fires are the leading cause of home fire deaths, and that has prompted a safety warning from the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office with the advent of cold weather....more
Notice of Passing: Robert S. Miller, West Virginia Fire Commissioner
01/05/2017
​ROBERT S. MILLER, 86, of Glenwood, W.Va., died Sunday, January 1, 2017, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Chapman's Mortuary with Pastor Tim Shuff officiating....more
MEDIA RELEASE - Tips offered for Responsible New Year's Celebrations
12/30/2016
The start of the New Year is an exciting time, and the Office of the State Fire Marshal is reminding residents to be responsible when ringing in 2017 with fireworks....more
MEDIA RELEASE - State Fire Marshals Arrest Four People on Arson Charges
12/16/2016
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Investigators from the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office have arrested four Taylor County residents for their involvement in a July fire that destroyed a mobile home in the Thornton area of Taylor County. ...more
Notice of Passing: Sterling Lewis Jr., Retired WV State Fire Marshal
12/16/2016
Sterling T. Lewis, Jr., 65 of Hurricane, WV, left this earth peacefully surrounded by his family following a short but hard fought battle with cancer....more
MEDIA RELEASE - Double Fatality in Mercer County Prompts Safety Warnings
12/12/2016
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A residential fire in Mercer County has resulted in the deaths of two individuals late Sunday, Dec. 11....more
Winner Announced in Fire Marshal Poster Contest
10/24/2016
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Office of the State Fire Marshal proudly recognizes the winning and honorable mention entries in its first annual Fire Safety Poster Contest. ...more
Notification of Driver Operator Pumper Pro Board Challenge
10/13/2016
WVU-FSE is offering a Driver/Operator Pumper Pro Board Challenge at Citizens Fire Company in Charles Town, WV on 12-13 November 2016....more
MEDIA RELEASE - Fire Prevention Week 2016
10/07/2016
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Office of the State Fire Marshal is reminding West Virginians that smoke alarms have an expiration date. “Don’t wait: Check the Date!” is this year’s official theme for Fire Prevention Week, October 9-15. ...more
Fire Safety Poster Contest
09/13/2016
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is asking for your help in spreading fire safety awareness through a new, fun and creative project....more
Notice of Passing: Leroy Lang, Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department
09/07/2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of a longtime volunteer firefighter in Gilmer County....more
Media Release - Mingo County Fatal Fire
03/18/2016
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating a fire that happened in Mineral County early Friday, March 18, 2016 that resulted in two fatalities. ...more
Daylight Savings Time
03/11/2016
Are you ready for a fire? As we spring ahead and change our clocks for daylight saving time, the Office of the State Fire Marshal is also reminding residents to change the batteries in your smoke alarms. ...more
Make Me A Firefighter Campaign
12/04/2015
National recruitment and retention campaign to put research-based, ready-to-use tools and resources in the hands of local departments....more
Vulnerability Assessment Tool
12/03/2015
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), developed the Vulnerability Assessment Program, an online assessment tool to evaluate risks and ultimately reduce the threat of firefighter injuries and deaths....more
Passing of Banks District Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Gary Bonnett
10/29/2015
It is with very heavy hearts today that we announce the passing of Banks District Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Gary Bonnett, who passed away early this morning after a lengthy battle with cancer....more
Change your Clock, Change your Batteries 2015
10/20/2015
CHANGE YOUR CLOCK, CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES SUNDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2015 Simple home tips to protect your family from fire and carbon monoxide....more
2015 Fire Marshal's Challenge to Fire Departments
10/05/2015
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin will help West Virginia’s firefighters kick off a Read-Aloud campaign aimed at the state’s schoolchildren during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4–10, 2015....more
September is National Preparedness Month
09/08/2015
Theme: Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. September is National Preparedness Month. This year we are asking you to take action now – make a plan with your community, your family, and for your pets....more
Fire Prevention Week 2015
09/02/2015
Keep your family safe with a working smoke alarm in every bedroom. Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep? Smoke alarms save lives....more
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