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FIRE RESCUE Life Safety Services
Seminole Fire Rescue
9199 113th St
Seminole, FL 33772
(727) 393-8711
Fax: (727) 319-6583

Michael Rodde - Fire Marshal (727) 393-8711x212

The goal of the Life Safety Services Section (LSSS) is to reduce and prevent fire and injuries. Personnel with a variety of certifications accomplish this goal through many areas: Public Education, Building Plan Reviews, Inspections, Code Enforcement, and Fire Investigation to assist with, prosecution and conviction of arson crimes. The Section works closely with the local community groups, individuals, and other Fire Department and State organizations to bring about a safer environment for our citizens to live, work and play in.

The LSSS also oversees the collection of information for and manages the evacuation of special needs individuals during Natural Disasters. The LSSS Inspectors also spend varying amounts of time on a monthly basis with various other tasks (e.g. Hydrant Testing and Maintenance Issues, Plan Reviews, and assisting with Public Education Demos/Programs).

A Fire Marshal and two full time inspectors currently staff the LSSS. All staff members stay apprised of standard changes in upcoming law, code and ordinance changes by staying active in local and state organizations. (e.g. West Coast Fire Association, Florida Fire Marshal's Association, & PARCO.

Fire Inspections

Florida State Statute 633.081 gives the Fire Department Inspectors the authority to inspect every business within our Fire District. Currently all businesses that meet any of the following conditions are being inspected by the Life Safety Services Section on an annual basis:

New and existing businesses that have extinguishing hood systems, fire alarm systems, standpipe / sprinkler systems, fire pumps, and emergency generators.

  • Businesses determined to be high hazard occupancies.
  • Medical facilities that require a State Health Care Inspection, State, County or City Licenses.
  • Adult and child care facilities.
  • Foster care facilities.
  • Educational facilities.

The Life Safety Services Section handled approximately 3100 Fire Inspections in 2000 and 3150 in 2001, and approximately 3000 Annual, New Construction, and Re-inspections in 2002. Businesses that are non-compliant and need re-inspections will add an additional 25% to the total inspections performed by the LSSS. These figures do not include any New Construction Inspections that take place throughout the year. The number of New Construction Inspections varies month to month and the LSSS handled approximately 686 of these inspections for 2002.

Codes We Use

The following technical codes are used for reference:

  • 2007 edition of the Florida Fire Prevention Code and referenced National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes.
  • Rule Title 4A Rules of the Division of the State Fire Marshal.
  • Florida Statutes

Fire Investigations

NFPA 1-4.10 states that the “Authority Having Jurisdiction”, in this case the City of Seminole Fire Rescue, has the authority to investigate any fire, explosion, or other hazardous condition. The City of Seminole also has a contract with Pinellas County to provide fire investigations for unincorporated county land within our Fire District. The Life Safety Services Section (LSSS) Fire Investigators currently respond to fires of a suspicious nature, involving a death or injury, has significant value loss, or if otherwise requested by the District Chief on duty. Investigators examine fire scenes to determine origin and cause ultimately determining if the fire was started accidentally or due to criminal action. If the fire is determined to be accidental, the investigator makes recommendations as to prevention of future fires. If the fire was from criminal action, the investigator conducts an arson investigation and coordinates with Local and State law enforcement officials. This includes, but is not limited to interviews, interrogations, scientific data analysis, collection and handling of physical evidence, and court testimony.

Recreational Burn Policy

LSSS has two State of Florida Certified Fire Investigators. The LSSS also uses resources from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Investigators, County Forensic Technicians, and State Fire Marshal.

The LSSS Fire Investigator's remain very active with State and Local organizations, such as the Pinellas County Arson Co-Op (PARCO), and Florida Fire Marshals Association (FFMIA).