The Community Risk Reduction Branch contains multiple Divisions and is staffed with one Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal, one Captain, three Lieutenants, and one Specialist that are responsible for the enforcement of fire codes and life safety codes, and public education. Additionally, they perform plan reviews for all new construction or major remodeling and issue permits for tank removal, outdoor burning, and pyrotechnics.
This Branch also performs daytime inspections of businesses and night inspections of nightclubs and bars to ensure the safety of the public. Along with the Emergency Operations Branch, they perform numerous public education programs and maintain all fire reports and records for the Waco Fire Department.
The Community Risk Reduction Branch, often 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 Branch are responsible for the compliance of close to 5,000 businesses to fire and life safety codes.