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
 
Cooking Fire Safety

What you should know about home cooking safety:
Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.

Did you know?
Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.
    
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