About The Fire Prevention Bureau

The Fire Prevention Bureau is responsible for ensuring Toledo residents and businesses are safe through professional and consistent enforcement of the adopted Building and Fire Codes. The Bureau provides services that are aimed at preventing the loss of life and property. These services include

  • Fire Safety inspections
  • Fire and Life Safety Education
  • Pre-Incident Planning
  • Fire Protection Construction Document Review
  • Public Information responsibilities

Under the direction of the Chief of Fire Prevention, we are staffed with 6 fire inspectors, 2 plan examiners, 1 pre-plan officer, 1 public education officer, 1 officer responsible for National and State Incident Reporting and administrative staff responsible for compliance with FOIA requests.

Our goal is to keep fires from occurring in the first place!

 

Fire Inspection

The inspectors have many duties. They are charged with performing required rough installation inspections to approved construction drawings and witnessing final system acceptance testing. Final occupancy inspections are performed before a Certificate of Occupancy is issued by the Chief Building Official. They also observe underground fire service main and private fire hydrant installations. For information about what our inspectors will look for, at a minimum, see the helpful lists below.

Fire Sprinkler Rough Inspection

Fire Sprinkler Final Inspection

Fire Alarm Detection Rough Inspection

Fire Alarm Detection Final Inspection

Final Occupancy Inspection

UG Fire Service Mains – Visual Inspection

UG Fire Service Mains – Hydro Test

UG Fire Service Mains – Flush

The inspectors will verify that contractors and installers have complied with all licensing and registration requirements. All fire protection contractors and installers are required to be licensed through the State Fire Marshals Office and registered in the City of Toledo. If you need to register or renew as a Fire Protection Contractor with the City, application forms are available here for your convenience.

New Contractor Registration Form

Contractor Renewal

Please contact the Building Inspection Department at 419-245-1220 with questions or concerns.

Our inspectors accommodate request for fire safety inspections, required for licensing by other agencies, such as day care facilities, foster child homes and mental health and addiction facilities.

In addition, over 3,000 general fire safety inspections are performed each year.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests

Property and Fire reports can be requested using the attached FOIA Request Form. Property reports include Fire Safety Inspection, SERC / TIER II, and BUSTR. Fire reports include Building, Vehicle, HazMat, and Other (non-medical emergency response). You may e-mail, fax or bring this FOIA request form in person to One Government Center to pick up your report. To send an e-mail request, use this link: fpbdocrequest@toledo.oh.gov

Note: An ID is required to get into One Government Center. If planning to pick up report in person, please call ahead.

Fire Investigation Unit

The Fire Investigation Unit is charged with the responsibility to investigate the origin, cause, and circumstances of undetermined, incendiary, suspicious fire, bombings, and bomb threats, along with all fires where serious injury or death related to fire occur, and share in the responsibility of the issuance of permits and safety of pyrotechnic displays, in accordance with the laws of the City of Toledo and the State of Ohio.

To report a suspected arson in Toledo, please call CRIMESTOPPERS at 419-255-1111, or click on this link, “Report Arson“.  rewards are often paid for information leading to the identification and successful prosecution of persons perpetrating the crime of arson. These rewards are paid through the CRIMESTOPPERS Program . Information can lead to rewards of up to $5,000.00.

 

Plan Review

Before fire protection systems are installed, enlarged or altered in any way, plans and system specifications shall be reviewed to the Code by the Fire Prevention Bureau’s plan examiners. Fire alarm and detection, fire sprinkler, commercial kitchen hood fire suppression and clean agent fire suppression systems are reviewed, and comment is provided to the Chief Building Official regarding compliance with the applicable codes and standards. Plans can be submitted to the Department of Inspection in person between the hours of 7:30 am to 4:00pm or by mail to the Department of Building Inspection, One Government Center, Suite 1600, Toledo OH 43604 Attention: Lynn Thompson. A Plan Review Application is required with your submittal. Sprinkler system designers submitting plans to protect facilities containing storage of products must include an Owners Information Certificate with the plans submitted for review.

In addition to the above plans, proposed underground fire service mains, private fire hydrants, above ground flammable or combustible storage tanks and special use permits, to name a few, are also reviewed for compliance with the Ohio Fire Code by the plan examiners.

For questions or assistance with our plan review process, you may call 419-245-1263 or e-mail one of our examiners Lynn Thompson lynn.thompson@toledo.oh.gov or Rex Butler rex.butler@toledo.oh.gov 

NOTE: Underground Flammable and Combustible Storage Tanks installations are not reviewed in our office. These plans are submitted to the State Fire Marshal’s Office for approval and permit. Required inspections are also provided thru their office. For information go to www.com.ohio.gov/fire/ or call   614-752-7938.

 

Other helpful links:

Ohio Board of Building Standards

Department of Building Inspection

Water Flow Testing

State of Ohio Fire Marshal Email: websfm@com.state.oh.us

 

Tent Information

Ohio Fire Code (OFC) 105.7.18 requires a plan approval and a construction permit for the erection of temporary tents larger than 400sqft. The plan submittal must include a detailed site plan showing the location of the tent and dimensions showing separation distances buildings, lot lines, other tents or parked cars. OFC 3103.8.2. A floor plan indicating details of the means of egress components, seating arrangement, and other equipment within the tent (such as stages, serving tables and bars or other furnishings) must be provided. All requirements of the Code regarding placements of generators for power, heating equipment and cooking appliances must be considered. The full text of OFC Rule 31- Tents and Other Membrane Structures is included below for reference. As with all construction plans, an application for plan approval is required with the submission. pdf tent permit app Completed documents can be submitted, via email, to tfrdtent@toledo.oh.gov or in person at the Department of Building Inspection Suite 1600, One Government Center, Toledo OH 43604.

For questions or concerns regarding the use of tents in the City or the permit application process, please call the Department of Building Inspection at 419-245-1220 or the Fire Prevention Bureau at 419-245-1140.

Helpful information:

OFC Rule 31

TFRD Policy for Separation Distances between Tents and Buildings

Graphic – Tent Separation Distance Guide

TFRD Policy for Cooking Tents and Canopies

 

Food Trucks

This section under construction, check back later.

 

Public Education

The Public Education Unit informs the public on the importance of fire safety. A total of over 50,000 people are educated on fire safety each year. This number includes Toledo area students from grades 1st through 6th, members of several senior citizen groups, businesses, fire safety in the work place programs, PTAs, mothers clubs, scout groups, and many other organizations. You may contact the department’s Public Educator, Dennis Kookoothe, by calling 419-245-1096 or e-mailing at the link below.

 

Below are common forms that can assist community groups seeking to promote Fire Safety within their communities.

Application for Free Smoke Alarm

Fire Escape Plan

Smoke Alarm Brochure

Open Burning Policy

Toledo Municipal Code 1301.11 (Smoke Alarm requirements for dwelling units)

 

 

 

Department Staff

 

Deputy Chief James Price was appointed to the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department on September 11, 1992 after completing his Associate Degree in Fire Science at Owens Community College. He received his paramedic certification in 1997 and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1998. He served the department in the Communications Bureau until transferring to Field Operations where he served as a relief officer on “B” Platoon and later as the shift officer at fire station #11 on “A” Platoon.

Deputy Chief Price was promoted to Captain in 2005 and remained in Field Operations as a relief officer on “A” Platoon until 2009 when he accepted an assignment as station commander at fire station 18 on “B” Platoon. While at station 18, he completed the department’s Confined Space Training. In 2007, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Public Safety from Siena Heights University. Also in 2007 he obtained his State Fire Instructor’s certification.

In 2010, Deputy Chief Price was promoted to Battalion Chief and then to Deputy Chief on November 2, 2018. He is a 2015 graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at The National Fire Academy and he completed his MS in Executive Fire Leadership and Disaster Preparedness from Grand Canyon University in 2017. Chief Price is currently assigned as the Deputy Chief of the Fire Prevention Bureau and EMS Bureau.

james.price@toledo.oh.gov


 

Captain Robert Walters was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on June 28, 1996. He was promoted to Lieutenant on May 1, 2011. On May 23, 2014 he was promoted to Captain.

Captain Walters has seen assignments at stations 5, 9, and 18.

Captain Walters is a trained Arson Investigator which he earned through the Ohio Fire Academy and also served with the Water Rescue Unit.

Captain Walters has been in his current assignment, Captain of Fire Prevention, since may 16, 2012.
robert.walters@toledo.oh.gov


Captain Tom Kalucki was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on September 22, 1989.  Captain Kalucki was promoted to Lieutenant on July 9, 2010 and then to Captain on June 6, 2015.

Captain Kalucki is assigned to Fire Prevention Bureau, as the Building Maintenance Supervisor.

tom.kalucki@toledo.oh.gov

 

 

 


Lieutenant Robert Solis was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department in 1992. He was promoted to Lieutenant on December 1, 2011.

Lieutenant Solis earned a bachelors degree from the Ohio State University, and a Masters of Education from Grand Canyon University.

He served in the Army National Guard from 1985 until 2007 and obtained the rank of E-7. As an Infantry Platoon Sergeant he served two tours of duty overseas. While serving in Iraq, he was awarded the Bronze Star as well as the Good Conduct Medal.

robert.solis@toledo.oh.gov

 

 Private Dennis Kookoothe was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on September 11, 1992. He received his E.M.T. – Paramedic Certification on July 28, 1995.

Private Kookoothe took over the reins of our Fireman Freddy Program in April of 2015 and joins a long list of previous firefighters that have served in this important position.

dennis.kookoothe@toledo.oh.gov

 

Fire Prevention Bureau

One Government Center, Suite 1710
Toledo, OH 43604
Phone: 419-245-1140
Fax: 419-245-1076