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About Us

The Division of Fire Safety/State Fire Marshal’s Office is led by the Director of Fire Safety, the State Fire Marshal, Paul J. Parisi.

Our office is responsible for operations throughout the entire State, including:

  • Building safety and construction as it relates to NH State Fire Code and NH State Building Code
    • Jurisdiction for building code only applies to state-owned properties 
  • Carbon monoxide and fire death investigations
  • Community assistance during emergencies
  • Community risk reduction
  • Data collection & analysis related to fire service emergency response
  • Lead agency for ESF-4 and ESF 10 in the State Emergency Operations Center
  • Fire cause investigations
  • Fire code enforcement
  • Fire code interpretations
  • Fireworks safety
  • Hazardous materials coordination and response
  • Ignitable liquid detection canine unit
  • Investigation of building collapses and gas/mechanical incidents
  • Licensing fireworks, mechanical/ plumbing & gasfitting, and modular building professionals
  • Law enforcement related to arson
  • Public fire safety education
  • School safety inspection program
  • Staff and local responder training
  • State building permit program
  • Technical plans review service throughout the state

The items listed above involve coordination between multiple agencies during emergency response, enforcement activities and investigations between federal, state, county, and local departments.