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The mission of the Nashville Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Office is to protect our community from the perils of fire, explosions and other hazardous conditions. This mission will be accomplished through the review of fire safety plans and sprinkler plan designs, fire investigations and compliance inspections following the applicable regulations of Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. We will actively participate with our community, serve as role models, and strive to effectively and efficiently utilize all resources made available, to provide safety and excellent customer service to the citizens, businesses and visitors of Davidson County.

The Nashville Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Office conducts all fire and life safety inspections in the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. In addition to inspections, the department investigates fires and explosions, completes plan reviews, inspects fire safety and fire protection systems and related emergency response services, provides emergency response and support during specific incidents as well as collects, analyzes and maintains fire records.

Nashville Fire Department Arson Investigation Unit

The Fire & Arson Investigation Division strives to perform quality investigations by determining the origins and causes of fires and apprehending persons responsible when a crime has occurred.

This division responds in the event of incendiary fires, multiple alarm fires, fire deaths, bombings and criminal or terrorist activity associated with fires. These investigations require personnel highly trained in every aspect of fire investigation.

In many cases, investigators work with federal, state, and local agencies, such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD).

The crime of arson is one of the most costly human-made disasters. Arson indirectly contributes to increased insurance premiums, higher medical costs, lost jobs, lost income, and the increased costs of fire services. We need your help to combat this serious crime.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information

Fire Prevention Office
63 Hermitage Ave
Nashville, TN 37210

NFD Arson Hotline

Fire Safety

Plan Your Escape

Practice an escape plan from every room in the house. Caution everyone to stay low to the floor when escaping from fire and never to open doors that are hot. Select a location where everyone can meet after escaping the house. Get out then call for help.

Caring for Children

Children under five are naturally curious about fire. Many play with matches and lighters. Take the mystery out of fire play by teaching your children that fire is a tool, not a toy.

Be Careful Cooking

Keep cooking areas clear of combustibles and wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when you cook. Keep the handles of your pots turned inward so they do not over-hang the stove. If grease catches fire, carefully slide a lid over the pan and smother the flames, then turn off the burner.

Use Electricity Safely

If an appliance smokes or has an unusual smell, unplug it immediately and have it repaired. Replace frayed or cracked electrical cords and don't overload extension cords. They should not be run under rugs. Never tamper with the fuse box or use the improper size fuse.