Fire Marshal's Office

The Chester County Fire Marshal's Office is committed to providing a 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
  • assisting municipalities in a wide variety of code issues.  
Staffing consists of
  • full time Chief 
  • Assistant Chief 
  • two part time Assistant Fire Marshals
The Fire Marshal's Office works closely with other county 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, fire marshals are requested to conduct fire origin and cause investigations by the fire service, municipalities, or local residents as required by law. The Fire Marshal's Office works in conjunction with the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal's Unit and local law enforcement at fire investigations.

Request a Fire Origin and Cause Report


To request a copy of a fire origin and cause report, send a letter containing the following:

  • your relation to the incident
  • address of the incident
  • date of the incident
  • return address
  • check for $75 payable to "County of Chester."
  • send to: Chester County Fire Marshal's Office, 01 Westtown Road, Suite 012, West Chester, PA  19380

Fire and Life Safety Inspections


The Fire Marshal's Office conducts Fire and Life Safety Inspections of county owned/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 inspections, email us at eschew@chesco.org, or call 610-344-4348 to schedule an 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 ordinances.

Community Outreach


Community outreach programs are provided by the Department of Emergency Services on the following topics:
  • emergency preparedness
  • fire prevention education
  • 9-1-1 education
For more information, visit the Public Education web page, or contact the Community Outreach Coordinator, Amy Amer at 610-344-5093 oraamer@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. 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.

For more information view our brochure, or contact us at 610-344-4338 or eschew@chesco.org

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.