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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 led by State Fire Marshal/Director J. William Degnan. The current term of office runs through July 6, 2018.


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State Fire Marshal Warns of Building Collapse Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan announced today that with the recent snow and wind, there is a greater urgency to clear roofs of excessive snow and ice that has accumulated. A roof may collapse with little or no warning, and one common misconception is that only flat roofs are susceptible to collapse.
New Hampshire Fire Sprinkler Coalition - New Website
The New Hampshire Fire Sprinkler Coalition is dedicated to promoting the installation of fire sprinklers in future generations of homes. The coalition is a resource for information on home fire sprinklers and, through a cooperative effort with stakeholders, works to identify and overcome barriers to the acceptance of sprinklers as a critical component of home fire safety.
State Fire Code - Update - Effective June 30, 2016 adobe acrobat reader symbol
Effective June 30, 2016 the New Hampshire Fire Code or “state fire code” means the adoption by reference of the Life Safety Code 2015 edition and the Uniform Fire Code NFPA 1, 2009 edition.
State Fire Marshal's Award of Excellence in Fire & Life Safety - Program
The State Fire Marshal’s Award of Excellence in Fire & Life Safety program recognizes New Hampshire students in grades prekindergarten through high school that do an outstanding act in the area of Fire and Life Safety that benefits the lives and wellbeing of those around them. We want to recognize these hometown heroes!

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Director J. William Degnan




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