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Bureau of Special Operations & Communications

Bureau Commander Robert B. Farley, Deputy State Fire Marshal

 

Welcome to the Bureau of Special Operations web page. The Bureau of Special Operations operates four sections for the division. They are Hazardous Materials, Fireworks, Public Education and Data Analysis. The bureau is commanded by the Deputy State Fire Marshal. There is a description of each section below which will help you locate the information you need. If you have any questions for the bureau, please do not hesitate to contact us at 603-223-4289 or at fmo@dos.nh.gov

 

 

Hazardous Materials SymbolHazardous Materials Section
The Haz-Mat section is operated by a Hazardous Materials Coordinator who oversees and coordinates the response to hazardous materials incidents across the state. There are nine regional hazardous materials teams that operate out of various mutual aid compacts and dispatch centers around the state. The section operates an emergency response vehicle with a vast array of resources to assist the teams with detection, analysis, mitigation and command of hazardous materials incidents. The section also conducts many outreach programs to increase the awareness of certain fire and life hazards associated with the handling, storage and use of hazardous chemicals and materials.

 

Graphic of Fireworks burstingPyrotechnics and Fireworks Section
The Pyrotechnics and Fireworks Section is responsible for the enforcement of all laws and codes relative to the storage, handling and use of pyrotechnics and fireworks in the state. This includes code enforcement for retail fireworks stores, inspecting display fireworks shoots, permitting and inspecting proximate audience. The section consists of one full time investigator and two part-time investigators. These investigators work closely with members of the NH State Police Permits and Licensing Bureau to coordinate efforts on code enforcement.

 

 

Picture of school chalkdboard and apples for the teacher.Public Education Section
The public education section of the bureau is responsible for developing and distributing public education programs and information to various target audiences. One successful outreach is the section's participation in the Remembering When™ program developed by the NFPA and the CDC. This program incorporates a fire and fall prevention strategy for older adults to allow them to stay safely in their own homes. This section also produces a few publications on a regular basis. Safety Seconds is a short publication with public education tips for the fire service to enhance their local programs. Safety Educator is a publication that is designed for teachers to provide them with tips and tools to incorporate fire and life safety ideas into their regular school curriculum.

 

Graphic art depiction of words saying Data AnaylsisData Analysis Unit
The Data Analysis Unit consists of members of the bureau and the Administration Bureau who collect and analyze emergency incident data submitted by local fire departments. They operate the New Hampshire Fire Incident Reporting System (NHFIRS) which is a part of the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) operated by the United States Fire Administration (USFA). The data is submitted electronically by the local fire departments and is then transmitted up to the National Fire Data Center (NFDC) operated by the USFA in Maryland. This data is a critical tool in the toolbox for the division to use to direct fire prevention efforts for the maximum efficiency.

 

   
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