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Division Director

Julius Halas

Assistant Division Director

Melvin Stone

200 East Gaines Street,
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0322

About the Florida State Fire Marshal

The Division of State Fire Marshal is located within the Department of Financial Services, where Jeff Atwater not only serves as Florida’s Chief Financial Officer but also as Florida’s State Fire Marshal.

The Division of State Fire Marshal is dedicated to providing the highest quality services to all of our customers, from local fire departments who request our assistance with conducting fire investigations to citizens who want to attend one of the finest fire training colleges in the state. Our Headquarters is located in Tallahassee, Florida; however, we have numerous field offices located across the state to help us serve our customers better.

Did you know that the investigators working for the State Fire Marshal’s office are sworn law enforcement officers, who conduct complex investigations and have the ability to make arrest all over the state? Our investigators conduct thousands of fire related investigations each year, with approximately 45% being determined to be arson. Our investigators make arrest in 18% of the arson fires investigated, which is above the national average of 16%. Fire investigations are complex and potentially dangerous. To learn more about this field, please visit the link to the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations.

Investigator and K9
Firefighters in Training

Our staff works hard to ensure students receive the best fire fighter training possible, whether students are attending one of the certified training centers located across the state or attending the Florida State Fire College. Our State Fire College trains over six thousand students per year in a wide variety of certification and professional development programs to include Pump Operator, Fire Officer, Fire Investigator, HAZMAT, etc. To learn more about this field, please visit the link to the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training.

Did you know that the Florida Fire Incident Reporting Section collects over 1,800,000 fire and emergency reports per year? These local fire department and fire service reports are combined with the other states reports in the National Fire Incident Reporting System for use by the fire services in analysis and trends. The Florida reports are also used to form the basis for the State Fire Marshal's Annual Report "Florida Fires". To learn more about incident reporting, visit the link to Fire and Emergency Incident Reporting Section.

Did you know that the State Fire Marshal is responsible for inspecting over 14,000 state owned buildings every year? Our staff’s code enforcement and inspection activities also reach over 16,000 public and private buildings; to include prisons, universities, public schools, thousands of fuel-fired boiler systems, hundreds of construction mining sites and explosive storage locations each year. To learn more about this field, please visit the link to the Bureau of Fire Prevention.

Prevention with Seniors