Fire Prevention

The work of the Harrison Township Fire Prevention Bureau is motivated by a key principle of "Prevention through Education". The bureau attempts to achieve this goal through approximately 1,000 annual fire safety inspections in local businesses, school education programs, fire safety outreach programs and fire extinguisher training offered to local businesses.

Kevin Monroe, Fire Marshal

Fire Safety Inspections

Every business in Harrison Township receives regular fire safety inspections for compliance with the fire code. Inspections are made by Ohio Certified Fire Safety Inspectors and with the policy to make every effort to work with businesses to achieve compliance.

Plan Review/Permit Process

The Harrison Township Fire Marshal reviews all permits, applications, and plans for fire and life safety code compliance. Permit applications are obtained and submitted to the Montgomery County Building Regulations Department at 451 West Third Street, Dayton, OH 45422, by calling (937) 225-4622 or at Montgomery County Building Regulation Department webpage. When submitting an application and plans, the building department requests (3) sets of plans, (1) set of plans will automatically be forwarded to the Harrison Township Fire Marshal for review. Final inspections of all permits are performed by contacting the Harrison Township Fire Prevention Bureau 48 hours in advance of the inspection. Contact Kevin Monroe at (937) 274-4351 with any questions regarding the plans/permit process or to schedule an inspection.

Public Education Programs

The Harrison Township Fire Department provides fire safety programs in our schools and to any groups, located in the township, that request a presentation. We offer programs to suit all ages and individual needs.

Topics include the following:

  • Smoke Alarms
    • Placement recommendations/requirements
    •  Installation assistance
  • Home Fire Escape Plans 
    • Development assistance
  • Get Low and Go (crawl low under smoke)
  • Stop, Drop, and Roll
  • Residential and Commercial Fire Extinguishers 
    •  Education and Training
  • Prevent Cooking Fires

To schedule a program, contact us and let us know the type of program you are requesting, the age of the audience, the number of people anticipated, and the preferred date and time. Call the department's administrative office at (937) 274-4351, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Appearances at Special Events

The fire-safety message is brought to hundreds of people every year through special appearances of fire department personnel - along with Sparky the Dog - at neighborhood picnics, block parties and community events. We're also happy to display a fire engine, ambulance, or "smokehouse" at your event. Call the administrative office at (937) 274-4351 at least three weeks in advance to schedule.


Speed of Fire
Smoke Alarms

Summer Season: Peak Time for Grilling Fires

According to NFPA's latest "Home Grill Fires" report, three out of five households own a gas grill, which means a lot of great food and family time. But, it also means there's a notable risk of home fires. From 2009- 2013, an annual average of 8,900 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues and almost half of all grilling injuries involved thermal burns. Although, many (nearly half) of grillers do so year-round, grilling fires peak in July, followed by May, June and August.