Fire Prevention Division

Fire Inspection

The North Central Fire Protection District is required to conduct periodic inspections of all commercial, educational, institutional, and multi-family residential buildings to ensure compliance with fire and life safety regulations. In accordance with direction from the North Central Fire District Board, the District assesses a fee for these inspections.

The initial inspection fee is based on the following two criterions: square footage and the occupancy hazard type or, in the case of R-1/R2 occupancies (Hotel/Motel/Apartments), the number of units. The Fire Inspection Fee Schedule is printed on the back of the inspection form. If violations are found and cannot be immediately corrected, a re-inspection of the premises would be in order (with 30 days given to comply). If all violations are corrected at the time of re-inspection there will be no re-inspection fee; however, if violations are not corrected a second re-inspection of the premises will be required and there will be a charge for that inspection. There is a fee for any subsequent re-inspections required to ensure compliance, until all corrections have been made.

In an effort to assist business owners in complying with fire and life safety regulations, the North Central Fire Protection District is providing an inspection check list of common violations. The check list will assist occupants in surveying their building on a periodic basis and eliminate potential violations. The inspection check list and fee schedule are located on this section of the web site.

The North Central Fire Protection District recommends this check list be reviewed monthly and prior to the scheduled inspection to eliminate any obvious fire and life safety violations.

Fire Investigation

 The Investigation section conducts District Investigations involving fire Incidents, preemployment background candidates, and professional standards violations. The Fire Marshal is the District’s Terrorism Liaison Officer-Coordinator with the Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center.


The mission of the Investigation section is to prevent fires by identifying the cause of a fire and neutralizing the threat of a similar incident repeating. All District qualified Investigators are armed peace officers per California Penal Code section 830.37. Investigators handle fire incidents from ignition through conviction and are members in good standing with the California Conference of Arson Investigators.

Pre-Employment Background Investigations

Background Investigators are responsible for conducting all background investigations of Department candidates according to California P.O.S.T standards. Candidates are examined for qualifications and to assure they meet the Department’s standard for legal, ethical and moral compliance. Background Investigators are members in good standing with the California Background Investigators Association.

Professional Standards Investigations

Any complaint received by or regarding a member of the District may be assigned by the Fire Chief (or his designee) to the Investigation section. All professional standards investigations conducted by the Investigation section are done according to the California P.O.S.T and California Firefighter Bill of Rights standards.

How to Reach the Investigations Section

The Investigation section can be contacted directly at

Obtaining Fire Reports

Copies of fire reports can be obtained through the Fire Prevention Division at District headquarters located at 15850 W. Kearney Blvd., Kerman, California 93630. The fee for Incident reports is $3.00 per page and a hard copy narrative is 30 cents per page, payable by cash, check, or money order. The fee for a Fire Investigation report is $312.00.

Reporting Arson Crimes

Citizens with information of an arson crime are urged to contact the Investigation section at


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Address Info

15850 W. Kearney Blvd.
Kerman, CA 93630

Phone: (559) 878-4560