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Posted on: May 12, 2020

A message regarding fire marshal inspections of restaurants

A local restaurant contacted the City Fire Marshal’s Office with a concern about a fire protection contractor. The establishment had been visited by a contractor with a licensed fire protection firm who stated that the company had been “tasked by the State Fire Marshal’s Office” with ensuring all open and reopening businesses fire protection equipment (fire extinguishers, fire alarms, fire sprinklers, and kitchen hood suppression systems) is inspected and code compliant.

The City Fire Marshal’s Office spoke with the regional licensing investigator for the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office and was assured that they have not tasked any outside agencies or firms to conduct inspections on their behalf. 

We encourage any business with a question about their fire protection systems to contact the Galveston Fire Marshal’s Office at 409-797-3870 and we will be happy to provide what information we can. Although we cannot recommend a company or discuss pricing, we can verify that a company is licensed to do work by the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Any official inspection or enforcement action by the Galveston Fire Department will be by a member in uniform, and with an identification card issued by the City of Galveston. Additionally, Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office personnel also conduct official business in uniform, and with an identification card issued by the State of Texas.

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