Fire Marshal's Office

The Chester County Fire Marshal's Office is committed to provide the best possible proactive approach to fire safety, prevention and education through fire origin and cause investigation, fire and life safety inspections, community outreach, youthful fire setting intervention, and by assisting municipalities in a wide variety of code issues.  By working closely with emergency responders, the Chester County Fire Marshal's Office is committed to making our community a safe and productive environment for all.

The staff of the Fire Marshal's Office consists of a full time Chief and Assistant Chief Fire Marshal, and two part time Assistant Fire Marshals.  The Fire Marshal's Office works closely with other County offices and departments, the Pennsylvania State Police, and local law enforcement.

Fire Investigation


Fire origin and cause investigations are the most basic form of fire prevention - if we do not know how fires start, we cannot prevent them. Fire investigations lead to a recognition of trends in human behavior patterns, product design, building codes and other industrial standards. Through this recognition of trends, public outreach can address human behavior patterns, recalls and problems with workmanship and installation can be addressed; codes and standards can be developed.

In Chester County, the Fire Marshals are requested to conduct fire origin and cause investigations by the fire service, municipalities, or residents as required by law.  The Chester County Fire Marshal's Office works in conjunction with the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal's Unit and local law enforcement at fire investigations.

To Request a Fire Origin and Cause Report:


If you would like to request a copy of a fire origin and cause report, please send us a letter including your relation to the incident, an address to send the report to, the address and date of the incident, and a check for $75 payable to "County of Chester."

Chester County Fire Marshal's Office
601 Westtown Road, Suite 012
PO Box 2747
West Chester, PA  19380
jweer@chesco.org

Fire and Life Safety Inspections



The Fire Marshal's Office conducts Fire and Life Safety Inspections of County owned and leased facilities, institutional buildings, nursing homes, health care homes, Department of Aging Services' facilities, transitional housing and independent care facilities.  The goal of the program is to reduce the number of deaths, injuries, and property loss from fire, and to enhance the public health, safety, and welfare of the community.

If you are in need of a fire and life safety inspection, first check with the municipality where the property is located.  If the municipality does not offer fire and life safety inspections,  please download this brochure, and contact us at 610-344-4338 or email eschew@chesco.org to schedule your inspection.

Please note that in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the municipality has primary jurisdiction.  Always check with your municipality to ensure compliance with all municipal code and ordinance.

Community Outreach



Community outreach programs are provided by the Department of Emergency Services with topics including emergency preparedness, fire prevention education, and 9-1-1 education.  To learn more about programs, please visit our Public Education page, or contact the Community Outreach Coordinator, Amy Amer at 610-344-5093 or email aamer@chesco.org

Youthful Fire Setting Intervention



Children are naturally curious about fire.  When this curiosity becomes experimental, it is dangerous, and even deadly.  Youthful fire setting behavior is grossly under-reported.  Families may not know that confidential help is available.  The Chester County Youthful Fire Setting Intervention (YFSI) Program is a confidential program designed to reduce the risk of fire injury and death caused by youth with fire setting behaviors.  Our goal is not to give the child a "record" or to send them to "Juvie" but to implement appropriate intervention strategies.

The program partners with families, community organizations, school professionals, fire service, law enforcement, and social services to provide the education and intervention resources, materials and training.  Please download this brochure, and contact us at 610-344-4338 or email eschew@chesco.org for more information. 

Municipality Fire Code Questions and Concerns



The Chester County Fire Marshal's Office assists municipalities in a wide variety of code issues and questions.

Member of the public, please note:  in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the local municipality has primary jurisdiction.  Always check first with your municipality to ensure compliance with all municipal code and ordinance.