Risk Reduction, Prevention and Mitigation

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Welcome to the Risk Reduction, Prevention, & Mitigation (RPM) Division.

The Novato Fire District maintains effective and efficient fire prevention activities through our division. The RPM division is tasked with providing the highest level of fire prevention through public education, inspection and code enforcement, and detailed plan review. Under the direction of the Battalion Chief/Fire Marshal, the RPM division personnel strive to provide members of the Fire District with the most updated information available to safely protect their home or place of business from fire and hazards. Fire Prevention has proven to be the most effective way to reduce loss of life and property.

Areas of responsibility include: Public Education, Community Risk Reduction, Inspections, Fire Investigation, Vegetation Management--Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Awareness, Fire Protection Standards & Code Development, Development and Construction Reviews, and Code Enforcement.

Meet our Staff:

Fire Marshal Battalion Chief Bill Tyler

Deputy Fire Marshal Captain Lori Jessell

Fire Prevention Specialist Sandy Wargo

Fire Inspector Lynne Osgood

Administrative Assistant Denise Wade

 RPM News 2016:

RPM has set a strategic goal this year of meeting or exceeding the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) standard 1730; Organization and Deployment of Fire Prevention Inspection and Code Enforcement, Plan Review, Investigation and Public Education Operations. This means specific goals and objectives have been identified to address and demonstrate many of the performance standards identified in each functional area of NFPA Standard 1730. This includes but is not limited to: The creation of new prevention policies, fully implementing its management information system, modify and implement a new fee structure, publish an annual report of activities, perform an approved Community Risk Assessment, and enhance fire inspections & fire investigations, streamline plan reviews, and tailor public education programs based on our communities’ risk. 

RPM staff continue to expand their participation in disaster preparedness activities by holding leadership positions in the Novato Emergency Operations Center, the Disaster Citizen Corps Council, Public Disaster Education and Preparedness committee, and FIRESafe Marin Committees. All staff participates to their respective levels in local, regional, and state fire prevention, fire investigation task force, and code development organizations.

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