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Fire Marshal

 

Organizational Structure

 

The Lexington County Fire Marshal’s division is under the direction of the Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention and inspections and is comprised of three Deputy Fire Marshal’s each assigned a specific region for life safety inspections and administration of fire prevention activities. The Fire Prevention Division is responsible for conducting fire and life safety inspections for new and existing buildings , reviewing plans for fire code compliance and coordinating a variety of community risk reduction programs. Additionally, the Assistant Chief serves as the County Fire Marshal and the Public Information Officer ( PIO ) for the Lexington County Fire Service and provides timely educational messages for the community.

 

County Fire Marshal 

Assistant Chief Robert Risinger

RRisinger@Lex-co.com

803-785-8145

      

Region 1

Deputy Fire Marshal Antoine Kelly

AKelly@Lex-co.com

803-605-3538

 

Region 2

Deputy Fire Marshal Jason Smith

JSmith@Lex-co.com

803-231-8277

 

Region 3

Deputy Fire Marshal Randy Fellers

RFellers@Lex-co.com

803-605-5857

 

 

 

Current Codes 

The South Carolina Building Code Council has announced the 2015 SC building code adoption is complete and implementation will be effective July 1, 2016.

The following codes will be in effect beginning July 1 , 2016 for use by Lexington County Fire Marshal’s Office 

·         2015 International Fire Code

·         2015 International Building Code

·         2015 International Mechanical Code

 

 

 

Site Assessment Report Requests 

To request a site assessment report for a property for  information regarding fire inspections, hazardous materials response, and fire related calls to properties , the requestor must complete a site assessment request form and send by US mail , email or fax to the Lexington County Fire Service Headquarters for processing. A minimum of 15 working days is required for processing of this request and a $ 30.00 per property fee is required prior to releasing of the requested information.

 

US Mail

Lexington County Fire Service

436 Ball Park Road

Lexington , SC 29072 

FAX    803-785-8589 

Email   Rrisinger@lex-co.com     Attn: Assistant Chief Robert Risinger

 

 

Fire Plan Reviews  

The fire plan review section of the Lexington County Fire Marshal’s Office is responsible for conducting plan reviews for all new buildings , additions or renovations and a review of  fire protection features for new construction, additions and renovations within the Fire Service response regions. Plans shall be assigned in order as received and placed on a plan review calendar for review. A projected review time of fifteen business days should be expected for the initial review and response.

 

 

Fire Service Permitting 

 

          General Fire Permits

A fire permit is required for all  new construction, additions and renovations for the following fire protection features prior to beginning any work within Lexington County. Please allow 2-5 business days for issuance of permits.

  •  Fire alarms
  •  Fire sprinkler
  •  Standpipe systems
  •  Commercial Kitchen Hoods
  •  Commercial Kitchen Hood Suppression systems
  •  All other automatic extinguishing systems
  •  Paint Booths
  • Any other related permits as described if necessary by the International Fire Code

 

Fireworks Permit

A fireworks permit is required to perform any proximate audience or Commercial Outdoor Public fireworks display within Lexington County. A complete fireworks plan review permit packet  must be submitted to this office with the Lexington County $75.00 permit fee (which does NOT include the fee to OSFM for the state permit) for each permit, FIFTEEN DAYS prior to submittal to the State Fire Marshal’s office for review by the County Fire Marshal’s Office.  Lexington County fireworks permits are valid for 30 days. Upon review and approval by the County Fire Marshal’s Office of either the COMMERCIAL OUTDOOR DISPLAY PERMIT or PROXIMATE AUDIENCE PERMIT the form will be returned to the requestor and must be submitted to the South Carolina State Fire Marshal’s Office for their review and approval.  

Fireworks permits from this office will only be issued after approval from the South Carolina Sate Fire Marshal’s  Office.  A FIRE WATCH WILL BE REQUIRED BY THE FIRE MARSHAL'S OFFICE FOR EACH DISPLAY.

 

 

  

Land Clearing burning 

Land Clearing Debris - Land clearing debris means any waste generated by the removal of debris, logs, trees, brush or demolition material from any site in preparation for land improvement or construction projects which are not classified as forestry , wildlife or agriculture as authorized by the South Carolina Forestry Commission. Lexington County Fire Service will require a permit to perform land clearing burns under this definition. Land clearing burns will be permitted through the Lexington County Fire Marshal’s office. Applicants are required to submit a site plan outlining the scope of the burn , the acreage and estimated time frame the burning will take place. This site plan must include property boundaries , roadways and structures adjacent to the burn site as well as the distance to those components.

Burns for the purpose of  forestry , wildlife and agriculture as authorized by the South Carolina Forestry Commission and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control shall not be permitted by the Lexington County Fire Service.