Welcome to the Maine Office of State Fire Marshal
The mission of the Office of State Fire Marshal is to prevent loss of life and property for those that live, work and visit in the State of Maine. Our goal is to protect against the devastation of fire, explosions and life safety hazards with integrity and fairness through fire prevention, public education, planning, research, investigation and enforcement of enacted laws and rules.
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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is sponsoring an Arson for Prosecutors training in Concord, NH on June 2-4, 2015. Please select the link for more information: Arson for Prosecutors training (PDF, 279 KB).
On February 18, 2015, WGME Channel 13 did a story on juvenile firesetters and State Fire Marshal Joseph Thomas was interviewed as part of that story: Channel 13 story on juvenile firesetters.
On February 12, 2015, Kidde recalled certain disposable ABC and BC fire extinguishers sold between August 2013 and November 2014. Select the link to go to the Kidde website for more information. A letter was also sent to State Fire Marshals. Please select the document's name for more information: Fire Marshals letter (PDF, 1 page, 81 KB).
On February 11, 2015, System Sensor recalled i4 series combination carbon monoxide/smoke detector models COSMO-2W and COSMO-4W manufactured between 9/3/14 and 9/13/14. Select the link for more information: System Sensor Recall of Combination Detectors .
This is a reminder that fire departments who create an NFIRS reporting account need to contact Michelle Mason Webber in order to have the account activated before they can use it. Michelle's contact information can be found through the link to contact personnel.
On January 29, 2015, Sunbeam recalled Holmes oil-filled heaters that were sold by Target and small department stores nationwide between August and November 2014. Please select the link for more information: Sunbeam-Recalls-Holmes-Oil-Filled-Heaters.
There will be a NFIRS workshop held in Kansas City, Missouri on March 31st and April 1st. The target audience for the workshop are state/metro NFIRS program managers and fire departments “fighting fires with facts”, or those fire departments interested in fighting fires with facts. For more information about the workshop and how to register, please select this document: Leveraging Resources Workshop (PDF, 124 KB).
The U.S. Fire Administration has released NFIRS 5.0 version 5.9.5.
Users with older versions of the USFA software will be required to download and install the USFA NFIRS version 5.9.5 software. The USFA software is available to active status users after login on the NFIRS User Section, https://www.nfirs.fema.gov/NFIRSWebTools/UserServices/logon.do?destination=/UserServices/home/userHome.do. Users of the USFA Client software version 5.9.4 or 5.9.2 will be prompted to upgrade to version 5.9.5 upon login to the on-line system following the release. The update process for off-line users will require backing up their local database (e.g., NFIRSdatav54.mdb) and performing a “user injection”. Details about installing the update can be found in the "Read Me" text file located at: https://www.nfirs.fema.gov/_download/NFIRSv595/readme.txt.
Sky lanterns are illegal in Maine: Fact Sheet (PDF, 1 page, 51 KB)
List of Maine chimney sweeps found during a web search on 10/30/14 (PDF, 2 pages, 36 KB)