Battalion Chief Courtney GordonFire Marshal
Captain Aleatha HendersonDirector Survive Alive/Public Education
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The Fire and Life Safety Division is headed by the Fire Marshal and is responsible for enforcement of fire codes, building inspections and public education.
The Code Enforcement arm of the Fire and Life Safety Division is responsible for inspecting the hundreds of buildings in Indianapolis to ensure that each structure complies with the fire codes that have been established on the federal, state, and local level. The City of Indianapolis is divided into seven battalions (quadrants) and there are two inspectors from the Fire and Life Safety Division assigned to each of the battalions. Those inspectors systematically inspect – and if necessary, re-inspect – each of the buildings in Indianapolis to ensure that the buildings meet fire codes and that the public is safe when visiting the building. The inspectors are routinely called to fire scenes to issue citations for violations of fire code that on-scene firefighters might discover after responding to a fire.
Indianapolis is divided into 7 Battalions (quadrants) and there are two inspectors from the Fire and Life Safety Division assigned to each of the battalions. Those inspectors systematically inspect - and if necessary - re-inspect each of the buildings in Indianapolis to ensure that the buildings meet fire codes and that the public is safe when visiting the building. The inspectors are routinely called to fire scenes to issue citations of violations of fire code that on scene firefighters might discover after responding to a fire.
The Public Education section of the Fire and Life Safety Division is responsible for educating the public at large concerning the dangers presented by fire, fire hazards, and the proper methods for dealing with a working fire. The majority of the Public Education effort is in area schools, where the Fire and Life Safety staff provides age-specific training to hundreds of school children each year. The Public Education section also provides training for employees and residents of nursing homes, as well as any commercial business that requests fire safety training for its employees.
A showcase for Public Education is the Survive Alive Program that is located in the headquarters for Firefighters Local Union 416. Survive Alive is staffed by IFD personnel and teaches young visitors about the dangers of fire, how to “Stop, Drop and Roll” to extinguish clothing that might catch on fire, and how to react if they should have a fire in their home. Survive Alive also helps to familiarize children with firefighters who – when fully outfitted in helmet, coat and breathing apparatus take on the appearance of Darth Vader – might frighten children into hiding during an emergency. The Survive Alive Program also teaches children the EDITH Program. EDITH stands for “Exit Drills in the House” and teaches youngsters how to escape from a burning building. Parents and Teachers: Visit our instructional guide and learn how to use this unique site to educate your children about surviving a fire and other important safety issues.