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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
January 7, 2015
Keep Safe and Warm This Winter
The temperature outside has dropped and New Hampshire families take to the indoors to keep safe and warm. What they may not realize is that turning up the heat can increase the risk of home heating fires. more …
January 7, 2015
Free Training & Networking Opportunity for Remembering When Program
Hosted by the New England NFPA Public Education Network Representatives being held at the New Hampshire Fire Academy, Concord NH on March 30-31, 2015. more …
December 12, 2014
Put a Freeze on Winter Fires
The New Hampshire State Fire Marshal's Office and The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are teaming up with the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) to promote their campaign "Put a Freeze on Winter Fires," which works to educate the public about potential fire hazards during the winter months and holiday season. more …
November 4, 2014
Eliminating the Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Your Home
New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan signed a proclamation to declare November as Carbon Monoxide Awareness month. more …
November 1, 2014
Change Your Clock Change Your Batteries
Remind to change their smoke alarm batteries when you change your clocks. more …
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 …

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