Hays County Fire Marshal’s Office
Mission and Services
The Hays County Fire Marshal’s is committed to the prevention of fire and the life safety of the residents and visitors of the unincorporated areas of Hays County. We accomplish this through public education, review of site and construction plans, issuance of permits, conducting fire safety inspections, and enforcement of adopted codes and state laws. We also investigate the cause of fires and explosive incidents in the unincorporated areas of Hays County.
Burn Ban Recommendation
We make recommendations to the Commissioners Court regarding the safety of outdoor burning. To do this, we analyze 14 points of data and receive recommendations from the Fire Chief’s throughout the county. This is done on a weekly basis or more frequently as conditions warrant. The Hays County Office of Emergency Services also maintains four (4) Rural Area Weather Stations (RAWS) that are strategically placed throughout the county. These sites are used for data in the burn ban recommendations and during emergency incidents.
We provide and promote a variety of programs to make our community safer and more resilient to fire hazards. Hays County has a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) and promotes national programs like Firewise and Ready, Set Go! to help protect our citizens and visitors from the dangers of Wildland Interface Fires.
Our office also has state certified instructors and is a state certified training facility. This allows us to teach classes and provide certified training to First Responders, Fire Fighters, Emergency Management, Hazardous Materials Team members, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members and more. We currently serve as the chair for the Hays County Fire Chief’s Association training committee.
Fire prevention starts with the design of a building and/or system that meets the 2018 IFC, International Fire Code, and all approved codes for construction, by an architect or a professional engineer. Those blueprints/plans and specifications are then electronically submitted to The Hays County Permit Center. Our Fire Marshal’s Office has state certified plans examiners on staff that review the blueprints/plans and specifications to make sure that all new construction of subdivisions, commercial properties, public buildings and multi-family homes meet all of the applicable codes. After the plans are reviewed, a stamp or a permit is issued allowing the construction or project to begin. During the construction and/or installation, periodic inspections are done by our state certified fire inspectors. At the completion of the project, a final inspection is conducted and a Certificate of Completion (CoC) is issued and the building can then be occupied. Our inspectors also make routine inspections of schools, commercial buildings and target hazards.
Fire and Explosive Investigations
We conduct fire and explosive investigations in the unincorporated areas of Hays County to determine the origin and cause of the incident. The Hays County Fire Marshal has a state certified Fire Investigator on call 24/7/365. We also investigate any injury or death of a citizen or firefighter that occurred during a fire. If a fire is determined to be criminal in nature, our state certified Arson Investigators/Police Officers take over the case and handle the evidence collection and documentation and present the case to the Criminal District Attorney for prosecution. We will also provide assistance to the area city Fire Marshals, neighboring Counties, State and Federal agencies upon request.
County Resource Coordinator
The Fire Marshal’s Office maintains an up to date list of all emergency response resources available within Hays County. This includes Emergency Medical Services, Fire Department apparatus, boats, specialized equipment, and teams. During a major incident, those assets can be prepositioned, staged, and/or deployed to assist. We are an active member of the Hays County Fire Chiefs Association and meet with them on a monthly basis. The Hays County Fire Marshal’s Office and its staff are resources available to the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS).
The Fire Marshal’s Office is responsible for the permitting and inspection of all commercial fireworks displays and fireworks retail sales in the unincorporated areas of Hays County.
All Hazard Response
The employees of the Fire Marshal’s Office are also emergency responders and can assist area EMS, Fire Departments, Hazardous Materials responders and/or law enforcement with incidents that occur in our area. The Hays County Fire Marshal’s Office and its staff are resources available through the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System, TIFMAS.