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Guidelines for Requesting Assistance


The Fire Marshal Division is a support agency to assist local fire officials in determining the cause and origin of fires. A deputy fire marshal will be made available when requested by local fire/law enforcement official. The division cannot provide assistance to, or at the request of, members of the public.

When should you call?

When you want assistance in:

  • Investigating large dollar loss fires.
  • Investigating fires involving fatalities or serious injuries.
  • Determining the fire cause.

How soon can you expect help?

  • A deputy fire marshal will call you to gather information shortly after your request. An arrival time will be discussed.

What do you do prior to our arrival?

  • Secure the scene until a deputy fire marshal arrives.
  • Use local law enforcement if necessary.

How to contact us:

  • During regular business hours call either the Bismarck office or a regional deputy See: http://www.ag.nd.gov/FM/Regions.htm.
  • After hours, call State Radio at 1-800-472-2121.
  • Explain that you are in need of the Fire Marshal's assistance at a fire investigation.