The mission of the Fort Bend County Fire Marshal's Office is to preserve life and property through life safety education and fire investigation while fostering economic growth for the county through the management and enforcement of fire service responsibilities in unincorporated areas in accordance with Local Government Code Section 352.
The Fort Bend County Fire Marshal's Office will continue to provide efficient and effective customer service while responding to increasing community demands. The management and impact of safety inspections, construction reviews, fire investigations, and the maintenance of fire records by a highly qualified staff will produce an overall fire reduction risk for the county.
- Established as a County Department February 1, 1985.
- Serving the unincorporated areas of Fort Bend County.
The County Fire Marshal is the chief fire prevention officer in the unincorporated areas of the county. The statute for the County Fire Marshal's authority is found in Vernon's Texas Codes Annotated, Local Government Code, County Public Safety Title 11, Fire Protection, Subchapter B, County Fire Marshal. Chapters 352.011 through 352.023 creates and outlines the authority and duties.
The County Fire Marshal does not have jurisdiction within an incorporated city. That local government retains that jurisdiction. However, the exception to this rule is when city government or the State Fire Marshal requests assistance. VTCA Local Government Code Title 11 Chapter 352.019(d).