Rich was hired in April of 2018 as an assistant to Fire Marshal & the Building Department. He was appointed the Fire Marshal in June of 2019. He also works as a Professional Fire Fighter for the Town of Gates since 2003.
The Fire Marshal’s Office is responsible for the general fire safety for the Town of Gates. This begins with professional plan reviews for all new commercial construction and ends with required annual fire safety inspections. In between there are meetings with contractors, building owners and fire safety equipment installers. The Fire Marshal and any assistants are certified by the State of New York as Code Enforcement Officials to administer and enforce New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code that governs the way commercial buildings are designed, constructed and maintained. The Fire Marshal performs annual fire safety inspections at all commercial buildings and educates the owners about the violations that are found. Annual operational permits are issued if no violations are found or any violations are corrected.
The Fire Marshal also issues construction permits for the installation of fire safety systems, hazardous material storage areas, solid fuel burning devices and torch down roofing.