Fire Marshal's Office

William T. McKim, Jr., Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal


The Fire Prevention Division, also known as the Fire Marshal's Office, is responsible for developing and implementing special fire safety programs. The specialty programs are designed to promote public fire safety messages and to provide a positive department presence in the community. The official mascot, Sparky, works with the Risk Watch Program for Grades K-6 providing fire prevention education. In coordination with the Fire Chief, the Fire Prevention Division also assists with department-related media releases and conferences.

Under the direction of the City of Wilmington Revised Statutes and Codes, the Fire Chief is required to provide fire protection for the city of Wilmington. In addition to fire fighting, fire protection includes a wide range of fire prevention measures including the formulation and adoption of fire codes, inspections to insure compliance with the codes, investigations to determine the causes of fires, and education of the public regarding fire safety. The Fire Prevention Division is responsible for carrying out these duties for the Fire Chief.

Mission Statement

To maintain a fire safe environment through the engineering of efficient fire protection systems, the enforcement of the most current codes and standards, and the presentation of effective public education programs.

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Mailing Address:

Fire Marshal's Office
Louis L. Redding City/County Building
800 N. French Street, 3rd Floor
Wilmington, Delaware 19801

Phone: (302) 576-3120

Fax: (302) 573-7701

Inspection Hotline: (302) 571-4583

Smoke Alarm Hotline: (302) 571-4361