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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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April 23, 2014
Arson Awareness Week May 4-10, 2014
At the request of State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan has declared May 4-10, 2014 as Arson Awareness Week. more …
April 1, 2014
52 Pine Street, Danville, NH, Fatal Fire Update
State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan, Danville Fire Chief Steve Woitkun and Danville Police Chief Wade Parsons regret to announce that the victim of the fire has been identified. more …
April 1, 2014
52 Pine Street, Danville, NH, Fatal Fire

State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan, Danville Fire Chief Steve Woitkun and Danville Police Chief Wade Parsons regret to announce that one victim of the fire that occurred on March 31st, 2014, has died. more …
March 25, 2014
Fatal Fire in Manchester, New Hampshire
An investigation is being conducted into the suspicious deaths of two individuals on Mooresville Road in Manchester on Monday March 24, 2014. more …
March 19, 2014
NH Fire Service Mourns the Loss of One of its Own
The members of the NH State Fire Marshal's Office with heavy hearts extend their condolences to the McKenna family and the Salem Fire Department for the loss of Captain Steven McKenna. more …Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
March 11, 2014
New England Arson Seminar Dates Posted
The New England Arson Seminar Committee in conjunction with the NH State Fire Marshal's Office is pleased to present the 2014 New England Arson Seminar dates. more …
March 7, 2014
Change your Clock - Change your battery!!
In light of the rash of residential fire deaths this year, NH State Fire Marshal J. Willam Degnan urges all citizens to check their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors this weekend when we change our clocks ahead. more …
March 4, 2014
Derry Fire Victim Identified and Cause of Fire Determined
NH State Fire Marshal announces yet another fatal fire in the state. more …
February 28, 2014
Laconia Fire Victim Identified
NH State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan has announced that the identity of the Laconia fire victim has been released. more …
February 26, 2014
One Occupant Perishes in Laconia Apartment Fire
Laconia citizen dies in late night apartment fire in Laconia. more …
February 19, 2014
State Fire Marshal Warns of Building Collapse Danger
Recent heavy snow with rain and freezing rain in the forecast, there is a greater urgency to clear roofs of snow and ice that has accumulated. more …
February 13, 2014
Urgent Steps Needed to Reduce Fire and Carbon Monoxide Injuries
New Hampshire State Fire Marshal, J. William Degnan, warn residents that with the extreme weather, urgent steps are needed to reduce fire and carbon monoxide deaths and injuries. more …
February 12, 2014
Explosion Investigation at New Hampshire Ball Bearings Continues
New Hampshire State Fire Marshal J.William Degnan and Peterborough Fire Chief Joseph P. Lenox III announce the investigation into Monday's explosion at New Hampshire Ball Bearings (NHBB) is continuing. 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 …
January 24, 2014
NH Fire Marshal's Office releases identity of Manchester fire victim.
The vicitm of the early morning fire in Manchester has been identified. more …
January 15, 2014
Fire Deaths Dropped in 2013
NH State Fire Marshal J. Wiliam Degnan announced that public fire safety education efforts are helping to reduce the fire death rate in NH. more …
December 20, 2013
State Fire Marshal Warns Of Carbon Monoxide Hazards
The pending arrival of this weekend's possible ice storm raises safety concerns from NH State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan and Governor Maggie Hassan. This storm could possibly produce appreciable amounts of ice in part of the state which may affect electric utilities. 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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