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.
 
National Fire Prevention Week: Oct. 6th - Oct. 12th

 
Governor's Proclamation
 
Did you know?
In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.
Plan ahead for your escape. Make your home escape plan and practice today.
 
Resources
Looking for more FPW resources? Go here -----> Fire Prevention Week - NFPA
 
Want to be proactive this Fire Prevention Week? Fill out our "What will you do during Fire Prevention Week" poster, take a photo and send it to us!
 
About Fire Prevention Week
Since 1922, the NFPA has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.
 
Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.
See video below for the story or Lessons from History: The Chicago Fire of 1871.

 
    
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 - Courtney Rosemond
Public Information Specialist I - Tim Rock
Public Information Specialist I - VACANT