The Fire Prevention and Education Division consists of the Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention and 3 Fire Inspectors/Investigators.

The Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention or the Inspectors/Investigators office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm and may be contacted at (217)424-2813.

Some of the responsiblities of the Fire Prevention and Education Division are to investigate fires, conduct public education through school assemblies, fire station tours, October Fire Prevention Month, and promote fire prevention and safety to the citizens of Decatur, Illinois. Click one of the links below to learn more.

*Educational Programs

*Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program

*Key Box Program

*Burning of Waste

“A. No person shall cause or allow the burning of garbage, landscape waste or other waste within the corporate limits of the City of Decatur, except for fires set by a public official in the performance of the official’s duties and fires used for recreational purposes such as campfires. (Amended, Ordinance No. 2004-77, September 20, 2004)

B. Fuel for recreational fires shall consist only of seasoned dry firewood. No recreational fire shall be used for waste disposal purposes or be permitted to become a nuisance by reason of the emission of smoke, fumes, fly ash, dust or soot. (Amended, Ordinance No. 99- 49, April 26, 1999)

C. Contractors may obtain a permit to burn vegetation for commercial and residential development. Fire Code Official has full discretion for amount and method of burning. Permit fee $1,000.00. (Amended, Ordinance No. 2012-30, May 7, 2012)”

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