OSFM Press Releases

North Carolina experienced 146 fire fatalities in 2023, marking a slight decrease from 151 in 2022, the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) reported.

The annual fire fatalities report underscores persistent challenges and areas for improvement in fire safety across the state.

On Monday, February 12th, key stakeholders gathered for a check presentation ceremony at the North Carolina Emergency Training Center (ETC) site.

The holiday season is here, a time to enjoy spending time with family and friends and decking the halls with beautiful Christmas decorations. 

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey will honor Fire Chief Robert Louis with a Commissioner’s Award during a special presentation in Mebane on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Commissioner Causey, who is also the State Fire Marshal, will present the award to Chief Louis for over 30 years of service.

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey will honor the heroic actions of Michael Taylor during a special Save Award presentation in Randleman, NC at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

The Save Award honors Taylor for his acts of heroism in response to vehicle accident and fire on Sept. 4.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, who is also the State Fire Marshal, is teaming with the Garner Fire Department to demonstrate the dangers associated with frying turkeys this holiday season.

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey will honor fire personnel with a pair of visits to Orange and Chatham counties on Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18.

Safe Kids North Carolina’s Community Risk Reduction team is joining Safe Kids Worldwide, Safe Kids Guilford and State Farm to host a car seat safety checkup event on Thursday, November 16 from 1-4 p.m. in Greensboro.

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, who also serves as the State Fire Marshal, will announce a new insurance rating for the Kernersville Fire Department on Saturday, Nov. 4.

The announcement will take place at 11 a.m. at the Kernersville Fire Department, 1180 NC Hwy. 66 South, Kernersville, N.C. 27285.

As the end of daylight-saving time approaches on Sunday, Nov. 5, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey is reminding North Carolinians: As we set our clocks back one hour, remember to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey today appointed Tony Bailey as Chief State Fire Marshal and Craig Jarman as Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal, effective Nov. 1.

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey will honor Battalion Chief Doug Owen with a commissioner’s award during a special presentation in Henderson on Tuesday, October 31.

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey will honor 15 Orange County fire service personnel with the Order of the Guardian Award during a special work session in Hillsborough on Tuesday, October 10.

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey will honor a retired fire chief during a visit to Kittrell in Vance County on Saturday.

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey will join firefighters from the Derby Volunteer Fire Department in celebrating the department’s 40th anniversary on Saturday morning.

Commissioner Causey, who is also the State Fire Marshal, will also present the Department’s top award to two of the fire department’s charter members.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey is joining Safe Kids Pitt County Director Ellen Walston and North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program Director Mark Ezzell to help save children’s lives by making sure families use a properly installed child safety seat in their vehicles.

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, who also serves as the State Fire Marshal, will announce a new insurance rating for the Gastonia Fire Department on Tuesday, Aug 8.

The announcement will take place at 10 a.m. at the Gastonia Fire Department, 260 N. Myrtle School Rd. Gastonia, N.C. 28052.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, who also serves as the State Fire Marshal, on Tuesday will present the Order of the Guardian Award to three Rockingham County volunteer firefighters who have more than 155 years of combined service to their communities.

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey is urging North Carolinians to celebrate safely by following a few simple summer safety steps.

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, who also serves as the State Fire Marshal, will present the Guardian Award to Clayton Fire Chief Lee Barbee on Wednesday, June 28.

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, who also serves as the State Fire Marshal, will announce the new insurance rating for the Burlington Fire Department in Alamance County on Tuesday, June 27.

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey will present the Order of the Long Leaf Pine to retiring Fire Chief Vence Harris of the Chapel Hill Fire Department during a special ceremony on Friday, June 16.

As the number of fire deaths rises in North Carolina, Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey has organized a team of firefighters and volunteers to be out in force this weekend to distribute and install free smoke alarms in neighborhoods across the state.