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Mission statement

317 Street, Suite #302
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 209-6911
Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Chris Adams, Fire Marshal

The Hamilton County Fire Marshal's Office should not be confused with the primary fire suppression and first response emergency operations either provided by Chattanooga Fire Department, Soddy Daisy Fire Department, Red Bank Fire Department, East Ridge Fire Department or the Volunteer Fire Departments in Hamilton County. 

The Mission of the Hamilton County Fire Marshal's Office is to protect life and property through the development and application of fire protection, engineering, education and enforcement.

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Hamilton County Asst.  Fire Marshal

Michael Brooks

Office: (423) 209-6919




Under the direction of the Hamilton County Office of Emergency Management Director, manages the operations, including daily management of duties associated with the Fire Prevention Bureau. Duties are primarily administrative including; performing fire code inspections, facilitating and performing public education events; responding to consumer complaints or issues; and, preparing and completing a variety of forms, reports, logs correspondence, etc.  

Most marina fires start aboard an individual boat. Many of the common fire prevention tips for homes also apply to boats.

When choosing a marina, check around for fire protective measures, such as fire extinguishers, cleanliness, clear dock passageways, security, good lighting, etc. 

Boat owners must take responsibility for preventing fires on their boats and in the marina. The most common causes of boat fires are:

* Electrical malfunctions

* Unattended portable heaters

* Poor housekeeping



* Regularly inspect electrical and fuel systems. Have a professional update the wiring to maintain the needs of your navigational equipment.

* Never leave operating electrical equipment, including heaters, unattended. When leaving your boat for any reason, turn portable heaters off.


* Smoke alarms are important life-saving devices and should be installed in your boat.

* Plan your escape. Having an escape plan can save your life in an emergency.



* Use Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) marine-approved cord sets and connections.

* Do not hook up if you see burn marks or your cord set will not confirm a connection.

* Routinely replace cord sets. Worn or overloaded cord sets and damaged shore power connections area a common cause of fires. 


* Have a U.S. Coast Guard official approve your fire extinguisher on board your vessel and know how to use it. Fire extinguishers should be mounted near an exit so you are moving toward an exit as you access the extinguisher. US Coast Guard Auxiliary website 

* Do your part to keep the dock clean and clear. Don't leave engine parts, tools, or other equipment on the dock. 

* Properly dispose of oily rags in metal container with a tight-fitting lid. Leaving oily rags wrapped up in a grocery sack is NOT safe! The chemicals will break down the rags, causing hear and possibly a fire.

TN Code Ann. 68-102-601 (Boat Dock Safety)
TN Code Ann. 68-102-602 (Prevention of Electrical Shock for Marinas/Boat Docks)
TN Code Ann. 68-102-603 (Enforcement by state fire marshal)
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