Former North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Jim Long formalized the Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) on April 1, 1998, consolidating numerous preexisting fire-related programs. This strategic move aimed to enhance focus and awareness of the organization's initiatives, establishing OSFM as a prominent institution statewide.
OSFM consists of eight key divisions — Codes and Interpretations, Field Services, Risk Management, Licensing and Certifications, Ratings/Grants/GIS/Foam, Fire & Rescue Training/Commission/RPD, Fire Investigation Unit, and Community Risk Reduction.
The dedicated staff at OSFM take on a diverse range of essential responsibilities, directly impacting the safety of North Carolina's citizens. From training fire and rescue personnel and enforcing state building codes to procuring property insurance for state-owned structures and scrutinizing construction plans for government projects, OSFM fulfills a crucial role in safeguarding lives and property across North Carolina.