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It is the mission of the Division of Fire Safety, Office of the State Fire Marshal to prevent deaths, injury and property loss by promoting a safe fire, building and hazardous materials environment for the citizens and visitors of New Hampshire through education, engineering, investigation and enforcement.

The Division of Fire Safety is headed by State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan. The current term of office for the State Fire Marshal runs through March, 2016.

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More News from the Division of Fire SafetyNews and Events
October 27, 2014
Corn Maze Venue Best Practices
Crop mazes pose unique fire and life safety due to their challenging configuration and the inherent compustability of the maze material. more …
September 26, 2014
Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!
New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, at the request of State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan, has declared October 5-11 as Fire Prevention Week. Governor Hassan will be signing the proclamation on Monday, October 6th at 3:00 p.m. at the State House. more …
September 9, 2014
2015-2016 3rd Annual Fire & Life Safety Calendar Poster Contest Forms Now Available
Calling all 3rd Graders: It's your turn to get all "fired up" for the 2015-2016 Fire and Life Safety School Year Calendar! more …
August 25, 2014
In The News for August 2014
Informational Newsletter of Educational Resources and Conferences. more …
August 12, 2014
September is Campus Fire Safety Month
New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan has declared September as Campus Fire Safety Month. more …
June 25, 2014
Fireworks Safety – Officials Urge Caution With Home Fireworks
For many Americans, fireworks have become a way of life during the holidays - beautifully colored sparks flying through the air in concert with loud rumbling explosions. more …
June 25, 2014
Newbury Couple Arrested in Arson Case
Two arrests have been made in connection to a residential structure fire that occurred on June 9, 2014 on Stoney Brook Road in Newbury, NH. more …
April 30, 2014
2nd Annual Fire & Life Safety Calender Poster Contest a Huge Success
Commmisioner John Barthelmes of the NH Department of Safety was joined by Commisioner Dr. Virginia Barry, PhD of the NH Department of Education to celebrate with thirteen award recipients. more …
April 30, 2014
Seats Filling up Fast. Reserve your seat now!
The annual New England Arson Seminar held in May of each year is filling up fast. Don't delay. Get your reservation in right away. more …
January 30, 2014
Chimney Construction - Are you safe?
Press Release identifies potential concern over unsafe chimney construction. New Hampshire citizens should check their solid fuel burning appliances and related equipment. more …
December 19, 2013
New Informational Bulletin on Fire Extinguishers and the ADA released.
NH State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan would like you to be aware of a new informational bulletin regarding the requirements for fire extinguishers and the ADA. more …
November 18, 2013
National Association of State Fire Marshals release important statement on code enforcement.
NH State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan wishes pass along an important message from NASFM. more …
May 15, 2013
Electrical Safety Section moves to NH Joint Board
The Electrical Safety Section has moved to the NH Joint Board on Regional Drive. You may contact them by calling 603-271-2219 or by visiting their website at
March 19, 2013
Places of Assembly Regulations Explained
The NH State Fire Marshal's Office receives many questions about the regulations for Places of Assembly. This web page is designed to help answer those questions. more …
December 21, 2012
State Fire Marshal makes determination on Sky Lanterns
State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan has determined that Sky Lanterns are considered recreational fires and are therefore restricted. more …
July 30, 2012
Fire Marshal Warns of Gas Pipe Hazard
Flexible stainless steel gas tubing, used in homes and other buildings since the early 1990s, presents a severe fire hazard from lightning strikes unless it is properly installed, according to State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan. more …

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