The mission of the Fire Marshal Division is to protect and preserve life and property through education, inspection, and enforcement which requires proactive community interaction.
This is accomplished through fire code inspections and enforcement (City & Lapeer Township), fire investigations, pre-incident planning and collecting firefighter right-to-know information. Division personnel review site and engineering plans to ensure all fire protection and prevention issues are addressed.
The goal of the fire prevention inspection program is to protect lives and property from the effects of fire by discovering and correcting deficiencies before a fire occurs. The Fire Inspector and Fire Marshal conduct fire prevention inspections of all business, commercial, educational, and industrial facilities in the City and Lapeer Township each year.
Division personnel provide educational programs to our citizens, schools, and businesses, as well as presentations to civic and community organizations. These programs and presentations can be tailored to each group. Topics for the general public can include development of home fire escape plans, conducting home safety inspections, cooking fire safety, family disaster preparedness, smoke alarm/carbon monoxide detector installation and maintenance, fire extinguishers, wood burning/chimney safety, and home electrical hazards. Juvenile firesetter intervention services are also offered. Programs for the business community include fire extinguisher training, disaster preparation, and conducting in-house fire safety inspections.
The division is staffed by the Fire Marshal, a Fire Inspector, public education coordinator, and pre-plan/right-to-know coordinator.
Fire Marshal Roland (Ron) Best started his career with the department as a paid-on-call firefighter in 1996. He was hired as a full time Fire Inspector in 2004, became the Lead Fire Inspector in 2006, and was promoted to his current position in 2009. He is responsible for the management of all division programs; with direct involvement in inspection, plan review, and investigation activities. Fire Marshal Best is a part of the department’s management team and maintains relationships with other city, county, and state agencies.
Chris Jadach is the department’s Fire Inspector. He began his career with the department as a paid-on-call firefighter in 2000 and was hired as a full time Fire Inspector in 2005. Fire Inspector Jadach is responsible for inspections/enforcement, plan review, and the juvenile firesetter program.
Jim Petersen manages the department’s Public Education Program. He has been a paid-on-call firefighter with the department since 1988.
Greg Deverell is responsible for the department’s Pre-Incident and Firefighter Right-to-Know Program. His duties are split with the Support Service Division where he is also the Training Program Manager. He has been a member of the department since 1979.