The Fire Prevention and Life Safety Division is staffed with one Fire Marshal, one Captain, three Lieutenants and one Specialist. This division has multiple responsibilities. They are responsible for the enforcement of fire codes and life safety codes. They perform plan reviews for all new construction or major remodeling and issue permits for tank removal, outdoor burning, and pyrotechnics.
This division also performs daytime inspections of businesses and night inspections of nightclubs and bars to ensure the safety of the public. Along with the Suppression Division, they perform numerous public education programs and maintain all fire reports and records for the Waco Fire Department.
The Fire Prevention Division, referred to as the Fire Marshal’s Office, is also responsible for investigating fires. This includes conducting criminal investigations of arson fires, arresting those responsible for setting fires or committing crimes associated with fire and presenting testimony in the appropriate court of law. The personnel assigned to this division are certified firefighters, fire inspectors, and fire investigators or arson investigators.
Those that are arson investigators are certified by the State of Texas as peace officers. The individuals that are assigned to this division are responsible for the compliance of close to 5,000 businesses to fire codes and life safety codes.
Chief Vranich began his career as a professional firefighter with the City of Waco on October 2, 1995. Previously he has held the position of Engineer, Station Lieutenant, and Deputy Fire Marshal. He was promoted to Fire Marshal on February 26, 2012.
He holds certifications as an Advanced Firefighter, Advanced Aircraft Rescue Firefighter, Advanced Fire Investigator, Advanced Arson Investigator, Inspector, Fire Service Instructor, Emergency Medical Technician, and State of Texas Peace Officer.