Office of State Fire Marshal

Overview

Connecticut’s State Fire Marshal, William Abbott, leads the Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM), which is within the Department of Administrative Services. OSFM is responsible for promulgating and enforcing codes, standards and regulations to reduce the harm associated with fires, explosions, and mechanical failures. 

Notice - In response to OSHA’s proposed amendment to delay its requirement for crane operator certification from November 10, 2017, to November 17, 2018, the Department of Administrative Services, Office of the State Fire Marshal, issues this clarification regarding Connecticut state crane operator licenses.

All Connecticut crane operator licenses are valid until the expiration date on the face of the license. Pursuant to section 29-223 of the Connecticut General Statutes, no crane operator license will be renewed unless such operator has taken and passed a retest exam within the four years leading up to such renewal date. The license of any operator who has not taken a retest prior to October 1, 2017, remains valid until its renewal date.

Announcement – Adoption of the 2018 State Building and Fire Safety Codes 

The State Building Inspector, State Fire Marshal and the Codes and Standards Committee announce their intent to adopt the 2018 State Building and Fire Safety Codes based on the 2015 editions of the International Code Council (ICC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) documents. Technical review of these codes will be conducted by the Committee’s Code Adoption Subcommittee (CAS) along with DAS staff. This review will begin January 2017 and is planned to be completed July 2017. Details regarding the process and schedule can be found on our Code Adoption Webpage. Anyone interested in receiving informational and update emails may request to be included on our email list by sending a request to DAS.CodesStandards@ct.gov.  

Notice – Adoption of the 2018 Connecticut State Fire Prevention Code

The Office of State Fire Marshal is announcing its intent to adopt the 2018 Connecticut State Fire Prevention Code based on the 2015 edition of NFPA 1 - Fire Code. For further information, meeting dates and code proposal change form please click on the Fire Prevention Code Advisory Committee tab in the column on the left of this page.  

NOTICE– The 2016 Connecticut Fire Safety Code is effective for all permit applications on or after OCTOBER 1, 2016.

General Information Notice (GIN) on Mobile Food Units

Community Risk Reduction and Public Information Resources from the National Vision 20/20 Symposium 2016

Fully established and tested marketing materials are available for Community Risk Reduction, Fire Prevention, Community Relations, Public Education, & Youth Fire Setter Intervention Programs. These programs have been developed and presented by fire departments, health and safety organizations, and professional associations throughout the United States. This information will be helpful for grant applications or grant supported programs that you may already have ready to go or in progress. Please see the attached flyer for details. 

CT State Representative for the Vision 20/20 Symposium 2016; Terri Trenholm, Fire & Life Safety Specialist, DAS/DCS/Office of State Fire Marshal via email at terri.trenholm@ct.gov

The 2015 CT State Fire Prevention Code (effective May 7, 2015, Errata issued November 27, 2015) has replaced the 2010 CT State Fire Prevention Code.  
Contact Joseph Kingston at (860) 713-5750.

Acting State Building Inspector Joseph V. Cassidy and I have issued a joint Bonding of Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) Memo.

2016 Holiday Information Bulletin
NFPA Christmas Tree Safety Info Sheet

REMINDER

Effective October 1, 2013, the responsibility for Explosives, Fireworks and Pyrotechnics was returned to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) by Public Act 13-256. Permits for the Purchase, Transport and Use of Explosives Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window as well as applications for Fireworks and Special Effects Displays Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window should be sent to:

DESPP - Special Licensing Unit
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, CT 06457

The Special Licensing Unit Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window can be reached at 860-685-8046.  Other technical questions should be directed to the CT State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit (FEIU) Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window at 860-706-5600