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note 2014

Adoption of 2012 Life Safety Code and 2012 IBC

Effective January 1, 2014, the plans and specifications for every structure built or remodeled in the state of Louisiana must be drawn in accordance with the requirements of the 2012 Edition of the Life and Safety Code (excluding Chapter 5 and all TIA's) of the National Fire Protection Association and also in accordance with the requirements of the 2012 Edition of the International Building Code (Chapters 9 and 10). See Memorandum 2014-01 for more information.

     Memorandum 2014-01

note 2011

Act 391 of the 2011 Louisiana Regular Session becomes effective on August 15 of this year. It involves code enforcement for fire protection and egress systems in commercial buildings.
    Posted 08.16.11

     Act 391 Memorandum

New Orleans District Office Has MOVED to a NEW LOCATION
    Posted 03.31.11

The New Orleans District Office is now located at:

Benson Tower
1450 Poydras Street
Suite 1500
New Orleans, LA 70112

note 2010

New Accessibility Standard Update:
    Posted 09.29.10

New accessibility standards were published Sep 15, 2010 in the federal register (28 CFR Parts 35 and 36).

From the Department of Justice website: "These final rules will take effect March 15, 2011. Compliance with the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design is permitted as of September 15, 2010, but not required until March 15, 2012. "

As compliance with the new standards is not required till March 15, 2012, the office of State Fire Marshal will continue to review as per ADAAG 1994 edition until the new standards are promulgated by the state of Louisiana for review and enforcement by the Office of State Fire Marshal. Prior to that time, the new standards may be used as the basis of appeal.

Adoption of 2009 Life Safety Code

As of July 1, 2010, the plans and specifications for every structure built or remodeled in the state of Louisiana must be drawn in accordance with the requirements of the 2009 Edition of the Life and Safety Code (excluding Chapter 5 and all TIA's) of the National Fire Protection Association.

Code Adoption Memorandum

Louisiana Administrative Code 55:V:103/303

Posted 5.19.10

Evacuation of nursing home occupants during times of a declared state of emergency is the subject of this document. The facility administration at every licensed nursing home shall have, in effect and available to all supervisory personnel, written copies of a plan for the protection of all persons in the event of fire, for their evacuation to areas of refuge, and for their evacuation from the building when necessary. This office recognizes that extreme circumstances will sometimes require extreme measures in order to cope with disastrous conditions.....read more.

note 2009

dot SFM 2007 Annual Report Released
Posted 12.30.09

This 2007-2008 Annual Report is a snap shot of the fire problem in our state as well as the operational success of the office. We rely of the local fire departments to provide us the relative fire loss data so we can accurately illustrate the effects of fire in this state. I appreciate all of you for your assistance in this task. I hope you find this information informative and also motivational to further strive to prevent fires and the death that fires bring. As we all well know; "Every Fire Can Be Prevented"....read more.

To read and view the entire report, please visit the SFM Publications Page and click on the 2007 Annual Report link.

dot Holiday Press Releases Issued
Posted 12.16.09

The annual SFM holiday press releases have been issued.

From the Press Release: As we enjoy the holiday season, State Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browning wishes to remind business people of the legal way to display Christmas trees.  State Fire Marshal Browning says that "legally adopted state fire codes require commercial occupancies to comply with the following Christmas tree display regulations". See the '09 Christmas Tree Displays in Commercial Occupancies for more.

From the Press Release: The Office of the State Fire Marshal is encouraging families to attend professional, public fireworks displays this holiday season. Attending a public fireworks display is a safe way to honor our tradition, our shared values, and our hopes for a healthy future ... "Safe fireworks do not exist," as stated by State Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browning.  "When things go wrong, they go wrong very fast, and often with disasterous consequences."  See the '09 Fireworks Safety Issues for more.

Please see the Press Releases page or click the files below for the 2009 Christmas Tree Displays in Commercial Occupancies and 2009 Fireworks Safety press releases.

pdf '09 Fireworks Safety Issues
Issued: 12.15.09

pdf '09 Christmas Tree Displays in Commercial Occupancies
Issued: 12.15.09

dot New LFIRS Pages Added to SFM Website
Posted 11.03.09

This section of the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's office collects and maintains data submitted from fire departments and compiles statistics on fires in an effort to determine the impact of fire on the lives of our citizens and property in Louisiana.  LFIRS (NFIRS) is the program through which this data is collected.

Pages of the new LFIRS section include Monthly Updates, an F.A.Q., and a Files, Forms, & Guides page.

To visit the the LFIRS pages, go to the left-hand menu of the website and look under the blue heading for Fire Department Info, LFIRS, Honor Guard. Opening this header will allow you to access the LFIRS pages.

dot New Orleans District Has New Official Headquarters
Posted 11.03.09

Since Hurricane Katrina forced the New Orleans District to set up a temporary office in Metairie, the district has not had an "official" and permanent location to call their own. As of November 2009, the New Orleans District is proud to move into its new district headquarters in Metairie. You may visit or contact the New Orleans District with the new contact information listed below.

LA State Fire Marshal, New Orleans District Office
2750 Lake Villa Drive, Ste. 301
Metairie, LA 70002

Phone (504) 455-7313 or (888) 634-7689
Fax (504) 455-7317

Many congratulations to Chief Nunzio Marchiafava and his crew on their new home.

dot Worker's Compensation Coverage for Volunteer Firefighters
Posted 10.30.09

We are pleased to announce that, effective November 1, 2009, the State Fire Marshal's Office has secured workers' compensation insurance coverage for Louisiana's active volunteer firefighters. The insurance carrier is Louisiana Workers' Compensation Insurance Corporation (LWCC) through Lewis Mohr Real Estate and Insurance Agency, LLC. I must thank Governor Jindal, the Louisiana Legislature, the Louisiana State Firemens Association, the Louisiana Fire Chiefs' Association, and the Professional Fire Fighters Association of Louisiana for their support of this effort. This is a remarkable accomplishment to protect the volunteer firefighters who loyally give of themselves to serve Louisiana's citizens and visitors!

There are necessary steps that need to be taken to provide this coverage. FIRST, in order for workers' compensation insurance coverage to be provided, the State Fire Marshal must have a current roster indicating the membership of the department. The law states:

La. R. S. 23:1086. C.(3). Any member who is not carried on the membership list of the organization as of the date of the member's injury shall not be entitled to the benefits of this Section.

Therefore, please forward a completed and signed Volunteer Firefighter's Insurance Program Roster Form to the Office of State Fire Marshal at the address provided on the form by November 18, 2009. The roster must be signed by the Chief of the department and must be updated every time a volunteer joins or resigns from the department. Additions/deletions can be submitted on a new form and will be added to the master form. For your convenience and knowledge, we have provided the following documents:

pdf Letter to Chiefs, RE: Workers Comp Coverage.
Questions may also be emailed to:

doc Employer's Report of Injury-Illness.

This is our first step in ensuring that volunteer firefighters in this state are protected. However, is is important to note that additional requirements for this coverage will be forthcoming in the near future.

Please do not hesitate to call my office and speak to Macie Kinchen, Josie Rando, or Felicia Cooper at the following numbers if you have any questions:

phone (225) 925-4911 or (800) 526-5452

fax (225) 925-4241

Again, thank you for what you do to protect Louisiana's citizens.

Yours in Protection,
H. "Butch" Browning, State Fire Marshal

dot Fire Prevention Month 2009: Week 2
Posted 10.12.09

Baton Rouge, LA, October 12, 2009 – Louisiana State Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browning, Jr. reminds us that Fire Prevention Month is in full swing in October. The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's office continues to provide Louisiana's Citizens with important tips to prevent fire loss and keep you and your family safe. This year's theme, "Stay Fire Smart! - Don't Get Burned" serves to educate homeowners about burn awareness and prevention, as well as keeping homes safe from the leading causes of fires.

During the awareness campaign, local fire departments across the State in a collaborative effort with the Fire Marshal's Office and fire industry professionals help to spread the word in their communities about the leading causes of home fires and steps to mitigate fire, smoke, and soot damage. According to the NFPA, the most common causes of home fires include cooking, heating, electrical, and smoking. For more information, go to www.nfpa.org.

"Each week during fire prevention month we will continue to provide the general public with life saving tips and fire prevention programs designed to save life and property from the tragic effects of fire," stated Marshal Browning.  "Another important fire prevention message is to encourage families to develop and practice exit drills in their homes," he continued.

When a fire happens, there is no time for planning. Sit down with your family now and make a step-by-step plan for escaping from a fire in your home. Some people might think ... "Gee, that's silly. I've lived in this house for 10 years ... I know my way around. If there's a fire I can get out." Well, it doesn't work that way. When a fire happens, especially at night, you will be groggy ... you will be afraid ... you will be confused, even in your own home. You might not get out. If you don't have working Smoke Detectors, your chances of surviving a fire in your home, especially at night dramatically decrease. That's how many people are killed and injured.

"More than half of all fatal home fires happen at night while people are sleeping. One of the first body senses to go to sleep is that of smell. Working Smoke Detectors act like a big nose smelling the air all night for you. If a fire starts, the Smoke Detectors will sound an alarm alerting you before you can become trapped or overcome by smoke. With working Smoke Detectors, your risk of dying in a home fire is cut almost in half. Install Smoke Detectors outside of every bedroom and on every level of your home including the basement. Follow the installation instructions carefully and test all of the Smoke Detectors at least once every week stated," Joel Domangue, Coordinator of Emergency Services.

The above text is available in .pdf format for ease of printing and/or passing out. You may download it here.

For more information on Week 2 of Fire Prevention Month, please also download this week's flyer and be sure to visit the Fire Marshal's Office Fire Safety Awareness page.

dot Fire Prevention Month: Week 1, October 4-10, 2009
Posted 10.01.09

This year's theme for Fire Prevention Month is "Stay Fire Safe! Don't Get Burned".

During Fire Prevention Week, fire and life safety educators around the State of Louisiana will bring important safety messages to their community on burn awareness and prevention, as well as keeping homes safe from the leading cause of home fires.

Louisiana citizens are encouraged to test their smoke alarms and practice their fire escape plans. You can also visit the Fire Marshal's Office Fire Safety Awareness page for more information on smoke detectors, home escape plans, and more to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

For more information on Fire Prevention Week 2009, please see the flyer.

dot 2010 Louisiana Fallen Firefighter's Memorial Ceremony
Posted 09.24.09

The 2010 Louisiana Fallen Firefighter's Memorial Ceremony will be held March 6th, 2010 at 10:30 a.m at the Louisiana State Fallen Firefighter's Memorial on the grounds of the State Fire Marshal's Office at 8181 Independence Blvd. in Baton Rouge. Reception to follow, prepared by Cooking for Christ.

For more information, please see the brochure.

dot Fire Marshal Browning on 2une In to Remember 9/11
Posted 09.13.09

From the website: On Friday we remembered the eighth anniversary of 9-11. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning joined us on 2une In to reflect on the lives lost that day.

See the video here.

dot Emergency Elevator Access
Posted 08.13.09

Act 749 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session, Emergency Elevator Access, requires all buildings in the State of Louisiana that meet the following requirements:

  • was constructed or substantially renovated after January 1st, 2009,
  • and is six or more stories in height,

have their public access elevators set with one master elevator key able to operate in fire emergency situations. The law further requires that each existing building in this state which is six or more stories in height shall comply with Subsection A of this Section before January 1, 2012.

See the new Emergency Elevator Access page for more information and to download the appropriate documents.

dot Cigarette Fire Safety
Posted 08.10.09

All manufacturers with cigarette brand families currently listed on the Louisiana Approved Tobacco Brand Directory maintained by the Louisiana Office of the Attorney General must certify cigarettes under the Cigarette Fire Safety and Firefighter Protection Act (hereinafter referred to as "the Act"), effective August 31, 2009, with the Louisiana State Fire Marshal.  Because tobacco product manufacturers must comply with all state laws, only cigarettes that are certified both by the Attorney General, under the Master Settlement Agreement (R. S. 13:5061 et seq.), and by the State Fire Marshal, under the Act, will be legal for sale in Louisiana as of August 31, 2009.  The Act has a provision that allows a wholesale dealer or retail dealer to sell its existing inventory of cigarettes on or after the effective date of the Act if the wholesale dealer's inventory was purchased prior to August 31, 2009.

See the new Cigarette Fire Safety & Firefighter Protection Act page for more information and to download the appropriate documents.

dot Official Web Address
Posted 07.23.09

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office has a new, official web address. It is sfm.dps.louisiana.gov, and it can be used to access the Fire Marshal website immediately. The old URLs and web addresses that you have, including lasfm.org, will continue to work as well.

dot Burn Ban Has Been Lifted
Posted 07.20.09

As a result of the recent hot, dry weather, State Fire Marshal Butch Browning ordered an advisory limiting all private burning statewide, pursuant to his authority under R.S. 40:1563. That statewide advisory is hereby lifted, effective Monday, July 20, 2009 At 2pm (CST).   Understanding the potential impact on local fire departments to effectively respond to fires, the State Fire Marshal advises, however, that citizens should check with their parish officials prior to burning. 

Fire Marshal Browning thanks the citizens of Louisiana for taking the necessary steps to ensure safety, as the refraining of burning over the past 28 days has prevented many dangerous fires. Citizens who choose to burn are reminded to follow all State and Local laws and regulations. Local governments are cautioned and encouraged to continue monitoring private burning within their respective jurisdictions and take action to eliminate dangers.

Please read the Official Press Release for more information:

pdf Burn Ban Lifted
Issued: 07.20.09

dot Chinese Drywall Being Investigated by CPSC
Posted 07.07.09

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is investigating possible problems with a certain drywall produced in China. This drywall was installed in homes between 2006-2007 and fitted in many homes rebuilt after some of our larger hurricane disasters.

For more information, please see our Public Safety Announcements page.

dot Manufactured Housing Section Added to Website
Posted 07.07.09

The Manufactured Housing section - now a part of the State Fire Marshal's Office - has been added here to our official website. Please see the "Manufactured Housing" tab on the left-hand menu to browse through the section's pages which include contact information, applicable forms, downloadable reports, training information, and updated listings of current license holders.

dot Burn Ban in Effect
Posted 06.24.09

7.7.09 Update: Despite the recent thundershowers, the burn ban is still in effect.

Cease and Desist: A burn ban has been issued, per the State Fire Marshal, for the State of Louisiana. For more information, see the following:

pdf Burn Ban in Effect
Issued: 06.23.09

June 29, 2009 Addendum:

Pursuant to order 0809 "Cease and Desist of Out Door Burning", of the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office, in accordance with La.R.S. 40:1563, law enforcement and fire officials can order individuals to cease and desist all private burnings. Therein, these state and/or local officials can extinguish the fire or danger. Obstruction of these law enforcement and fire officials constitutes a violation of this order and laws pertaining to the obstruction of law enforcement and fire officials in the performance of their duties.

WAFB's 9News online has covered the ban issued by State Fire Marshal Butch Browning. See the video here, at wafb.com.

dot Louisiana Fallen Firefighter's Memorial Ceremony
Posted 05.05.09

To remember and recognize those who have perished protecting us from fire, the 2009 Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony will be held May 16th, 2009 at 10:30am at the Louisiana State Fallen Firefighter's Memorial on the grounds of the State Fire Marshal's Office.

For more information, see the following:

pdf Memorial Brochure
Issued: 04.29.09

pdf Memorial Invitation
Issued: 04.29.09

dot SFM Press Release on Swine Flu
Posted 04.28.2009

Currently, the most dangerous situation in the United States concerning the swine flu is misinformation which can lead to unwarranted panic. The most important thing that you can do for yourself and your family at this time is to remain calm and gather as much information from reputable sources as possible. While the swine flu is a valid threat to the public's health it is not yet a pandemic and much can be done by simply staying informed.

To aid you in this endeavor, the Office of State Fire Marshal is providing this official press release addressing some of the primary concerns regarding the swine flu. Our goal is to help Louisiana residents stay informed by providing concise information about this type of influenza (flu) as well as detailing what precautions can be taken to keep you, your families, and co-workers healthy and safe. Please feel free to print out this information and pass it along to anyone who may have fears or concerns about the swine flu and how it will affect us.

pdf Swine Flu: Concerns & Information for Louisiana Residents
Issued: 04.28.09

dot Training Information Now Available on SFM Website
Posted 02.20.2009

The State Fire Marshal's Office is excited to now offer the public a complete listing of training and continuing education courses that are provided, recommended, or required by the Office of State Fire Marshal pertaining to all sections of our agency. We will be listing training that is being offered at our office(s) as well as classes and seminars scheduled in other locations.

Each section of the Fire Marshal's Office has its own Training page, much like each has its own Contact page here on the website; these can be accessed on the left-hand menu under each section header. There is also a master Training page with links to each of the section's individual pages as well as a listing of the latest announcements (updated weekly) and a Training Update Mailing List that you can join to be updated of new training announcements (these will be sent out every Friday if there were new classes announced during the week).

We hope that you find the new training pages useful and that they make learning your craft or continuing your education easier. If you have any suggestions for our training pages, please contact the webmaster..

Please visit the Training page for more.

dot Tentative Operational Procedure: Cable Digital Voice/Fire Alarm System Monitoring
Posted 02.12.2009

Communication networking technologies and equipment are changing in a manner which requires this office to question compliance with NFPA 72, the National Fire Alarm Code...read more.

Please visit the Plan Review: Fire Alarm Systems page for more.

dot New Fire Department Directory Page Added
Posted 01.30.2009

The latest version of the Louisiana Fire Department Directory has been added to the website along with a new page that includes a form for sending updates and corrections for the next version of the Directory, and will soon feature an editable, online form for the annual Volunteer Fireman's Insurance Program Roster that can be submitted via email.

Please visit the new page here: Louisiana Fire Department Directory.


dot Recent Fire Fatalities Compel Fire Marshal to Remind Citizens About Fire Safety
Posted 11.25.2008

Due to the tragic deaths of a number of Louisiana citizens in home fires, the Fire Marshal's Office has put together a Fire Safety Awareness page to help educate the public about precautions they can take to keep their home and families safe in the event of a fire.

We ask that you take the time to read the information provided and keep your loved ones safe.

dot New Press Release - SFM Burn Advisory and Guidelines
Posted 07.18.08

As a result of the current emergency and the effect that this emergency is having on local fire departments to effectively respond to fires,3 the State Fire Marshal hereby orders an advisory limiting all private vegetative debris burning in the parishes affected by Hurricane Gustav pursuant to his authority under R.S. 40:1563...read more.

pdf Private Citizens and Burning of Hurricane Vegetative Debris Advisory and Guidelines
Issued: 09.17.08

dot Gustav Emergency Procedures: Temporary Occupancy
Posted 07.18.08

The Fire Marshal's Office has issued information regarding temporary occupancy due to emergency situations caused by Hurricane Gustav. The press release covers emergency procedures due to Hurricane Gustav for replacement of fire alarm, automatic sprinker systems, hood suppression systems, temporary occupancy of portable buildings and existing buildings...read more.

pdf Gustav - Emergency Procedures: Temporay Occupancy
Issued: 09.04.08

dot STORM UPDATE: State fire marshal warns of generator dangers
Posted 07.18.08

BATON ROUGE – As power goes out across south Louisiana, many people are expected to turn on generators that could prove to be deadly if not used properly, says State Fire Marshal Butch Browning...read more.

Please read and take head of this article, posted at The Daily Advertiser and written by Mike Hasten

dot Plan Review Process Modification
Posted 07.18.08

As of July 21, 2008: Due to the large number of plan review projects being 'held' for required additional information, the following modification to the Office of State Fire Marshal review process is as follows:

  1. Plans with significant inadequate information, that require a substantial amount of data or plan modification to accomplish a plan review, will be reviewed (at the reviewer's discretion) as a PRELIMINARY SUBMITTAL. The review will be as comprehensive as possible given the information submitted.

  2. The preliminary submittal review procedure described will replace much (but not all) of the practice of placing projects in 'HOLD' or 'NOT IN COMPLIANCE' status.

  3. Plans that are returned to the submitter as having received a PRELIMINARY REVIEW, will require re-submittal with an additional full review fee.

The following standard comment shall be placed on the above referenced plans:

NOTE: This project cannot be released for construction at this time because the plan review submittal package does not contain sufficient information to determine compliance with adopted code requirements. A RESUBMITTAL that includes appropriate information will be required in order for this office to complete a proper review.

One set of revised documents shall be returned to this office with:


dot 2008 Fireworks Safety Issues Press Release
Posted 06.27.08

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is encouraging families to attend professional, public fireworks displays this holiday season. Attending a public fireworks display this holiday is a safe way to honor our tradition, our shared values, and our hopes for a healthy future...read more.


dot Updated Fire Department Directory Issued
Posted 06.27.08

The 12th edition of the Louisiana Directory of Fire Service Organizations is the first full update of this document since 1996. To view it, please click here.

dot New Web Address: LASFM.ORG
Posted 06.25.08

The Office of State Fire Marshal now has a new, shorter URL. You can now access us online at:


The new web address is, in full, http://lasfm.org/.

Please update all bookmarks and website links appropriately. The old web addresses of http://dps.state.la.us/sfm and http://dps.louisiana.gov/sfm are still in use and active.

dot 2006 NFPA 101 - Error/Correction (Tables 12/13.1.6)
Posted 05.20.08

Please NOTE that clarification was acquired from NFPA in January 2008 stating that the 'Footnote d' reference for Types III(200) and V(000) at LED in Tables 12/13.1.6 of the 2006 edition of NFPA 101 is incorrect; it was inadvertently added during the Code's production stage. The 2003 edition is correct. The provision will be corrected for the 2009 edition.

Satellite Office Opens Full Time
Posted 05.06.08

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of SFM employee and Plan Review Architect, Gene Bates, on Monday, March 2, 2009. He was a talented, dedicated architect and a friend to all; he will be sorely missed. Due to the present circumstances, the New Orleans Plan Review Office, located at The Yenni Building in Harahan, is closed until further notice. For more information, please contact our main office at (800) 256-5452.

Beginning Monday, May 12, 2008 the OSFM Plan Review satellite office will be open during its regular hours Monday through Friday. The office is located at:

The Yenni Building
1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., Room 305
Harahan, Louisiana

Our office is located on the third floor in Room 305 and the phone number is (504) 736-6867; architect Gene Bates will be on call. Regular hours are 8:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

The SFM Mailing List Makes Its Debut
Posted 04.17.08

The SFM Mailing List has been created to share news, events, law changes and the like with the public. Messages and eventually newsletters will be emailed out periodically to keep you abreast of changes at the Office of State Fire Marshal affecting the public.

For more information or to sign up and begin receiving emails, please see our SFM Mailing List page. You can unsubscribe from the mailing list at any time.

State Income Tax Reduction for Volunteer Firemen
Posted 04.08.08

The form below is provided as certification that volunteer firemen are eligible for the Louisiana State Tax Reduction per Act 458 of the 2007 Legislative Regular Session which was introduced by Representative Marchand and provides a $500-a-year state income tax deduction to those who serve at least 30 hours a year as registered volunteers for recreation departments and for certified volunteer firefighters.

The completed forms should be faxed to the Louisiana Department of Revenue at (225) 231-6238.

Recreation Volunteer Firefighter Deduction
Posted 04.08.08

Short URL for SFM Website
Posted 03.25.08

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's full web address is dps.louisiana.gov/sfm. We now have a short, re-direct URL for ease of access, and it is clix.to/sfm. If you would like to add the full web address to your bookmarks it is http://clix.to/sfm.

This is not an official web address, but a simple re-direct/shortcut for ease of accessing the State Fire Marshal's website online.

Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browning on WBRZ
Posted 03.18.08

Click here to view a video interview with our new Fire Marshal, H. "Butch" Browning, on WBRZ's 2Une In.

2nd Annual "State Fallen Firefighter Recognition Ceremony"
Posted 03.13.08

The State Fire Marshal's Office, in conjunction with the Walk of Honor Foundation, announced today their plans for the second annual ceremony recognizing Louisiana's Fallen Firefighters. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 29th, 2008 at the Office of the State Fire Marshal located at 8181 Independence Blvd. in Baton Rouge. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. with a parade of fire apparatus, fire service honor guards and mass bagpipe band. A reception follows immediately. The ceremony will honor those fire fighters killed in the line of duty as well as all those who serve in Louisiana's fire service.

See the Press Release for more information.

Governor Announces "Butch" Browning as Fire Marshal
Posted 03.05.08

Per the Office of the Governor Press Releases: BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced the appointment of Gonzales Fire Chief H. "Butch" Browning, Jr. as Louisiana State Fire Marshal.

Jindal said, "Butch Browning has an incredible wealth of experience in firefighting, fire training, response and emergency preparedness. Ensuring the safety of Louisiana children and families is an incredibly important mission and the state will benefit from his leadership, knowledge and service."

Browning has served as the Gonzales Fire Chief since 2001. He entered public service as a sheriff's deputy for East Baton Rouge Parish in 1986, and later taught fire fighting techniques as an adjunct professor at LSU from 1987 to 1998. Browning also served as Assistant Fire Chief for the District 6 Fire Department in Baton Rouge from 1987 to 1998, when he was promoted to Fire Chief.

Browning developed a paramedic ALS transport system, created "Project Life Saver," a fire safety program, and "Effective Fire Drill," a program for fire safety in schools. Browning is a recipient of the 2000 and 2006 Roy Robichaux Legislative Award. He was also named the 1996 Louisiana Fireman of the year, by the American Legion, and named District 6 Officer of the Year in 1988, 1989, 1991, and 1993.

Browning received fire prevention training from the FEMA's National Fire Academy in Maryland, LSU, and Oklahoma State University. He is a registered EMT, a certified accelerant detection handler, and a peer counselor. He is a member of the American Red Cross, the Louisiana Arson and Fire Prevention Association, and the International Fire Chiefs Association. Browning has also previously served on the Governor's Arson Strike Force Committee, as a former president of the Louisiana Arson and Fire Prevention Committee and a former president of the Louisiana State Fireman's Association. He has an associate's degree in fire science from LSU.

Go To Work Form Updated
Posted 02.29.08

A new form for Non Required Suppression has been added on our website under Plan Review Forms. This form is for suppression systems that are not required by either the NFPA or IBC and documentation is to provided by the submitter indicating the same.

NFPA 13, 13R and 13D allow some devices to be listed or approved. When a specific device is approved during the review process, this device will be posted on the Plan Review / Sprinkler Section of our website. Once these devices are listed, they may be used on any project. Submitter to note on submittal make and manufacture and a copy of the current list highlighting the approved device.

The new form and list are provided below, as well as appearing on the Plan Review Forms page:

Non-Required Fire Suppression System Exemption Request
- Revised 04.21.03

Approved Sprinkler Devices
This is a list of devices approved for use in NFPA 13, 13R and 13D systems.

Go To Work Form Updated
Posted 01.29.08

An updated version of the Go To Work form on the Plan Review Sprinklers page has been uploaded. If you are using an older form, please make sure to save and use this new version.

Sprinkler Go To Work Form
01.29.08, Suggested Letter Format for Request to Start Work Prior to Review

Fire Department Directory Updated
Posted 01.22.08

An updated version of the Louisiana Fire Department Directory has been uploaded. This is the twelfth edition and the update was completed on January 15, 2008.

NFPA 1 Training Seminar
Posted 01.02.08

The State Fire Marshal's Office will be hosting a two day NFPA 1 Training Seminar on February 26 and 27, 2008, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The seminar is available to State Fire Marshal Certified Fire Prevention Bureaus only.

The Seminar will be conducted at the State Fire Marshal's Headquarters in Baton Rouge, 8181 Independence Blvd., in the main training room. Anyone wishing to attend, please contact Ms. Sue Cormier (225) 925-4784 or (800) 256-5452 by January 31, 2008, so that enough training manuals and codebooks can be ordered for those attending.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


2007 Holiday Press Releases Issued
Posted 12.11.07

'07 Fireworks Safety Issues
Issued: 12.12.07

'07 Christmas Tree Displays in Commercial Occupancies
Issued: 12.11.07

2007 Haunted House Code Requirements
Posted 10.11.07

'07 Christmas Tree Displays in Commercial Occupancies
Issued: 12.11.07

Good/Bad Memos Added to SFM Website
Posted 11.07.07

Over the years the State Fire Marshal has issued memos on various topics concerning code enforcement procedures or protocol. Recently we have collected many of those previous memos and evaluated their relevance. They have been grouped into 2 categories:

  • Good Memos remain valid no matter how long ago they were issued.
  • Bad Memos are invalid and no longer applicable.

Please see the new Good/Bad Memos page for more.

2007 Haunted House Code Requirements
Posted 10.11.07

'07 Halloween Haunted House - Code Requirements
Issued: 10.11.07

Fire Prevention Week
Posted 10.04.07

October 7-13 is Fire Prevention Week with reminders to "Practice Your Escape Plan". See the press release for more information.

Fire Prevention Week

October Is Disability Awareness Month
Posted 10.02.07

The Office of State Fire Marshal is proud to announce that October has been declared Disability Awareness Month in the State of Louisiana by our Governor, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco. We encourage everyone to be involved and participate in the many events that will be available this month.   Additional information may be found on the Governor's Office of Disability Affairs website.

Read the Proclamation.

Question Added to Plan Review FAQ
Posted 09.19.07

The following question, and answer, was added to the Plan Review FAQ page:

Q: 9. Does the OSFM require a plan review re-submittal of life safety systems when the original certified contractor is no longer on the project and a second certified contractor is hired to finish the installation?

A: Yes , this office requires a re-submittal of such projects.

Plan Review Backlog Information
Posted 08.17.07 | Revised 09.18.07

The OSFM Plan Review Section's current backlog ranges from at least 3 weeks to 7 weeks. For that reason, you should submit plans for review in a timely manner to compensate for possible delays.

This office will review all plans in the order in which they are submitted.

You may consider use of a third-party plan review entity in lieu of our building code review. A list of certified providers can be found on the Louisiana Uniform Construction Code Council website.

Please note that providing this office's complete checklist could also serve to expedite your review.

Website Information Moved
Posted 07.31.07

Some changes have been made to the layout of our website, please be advised and update any bookmarks. If you are having trouble finding anything at all, please contact the webmaster.

The following pages:

  • Fire Marshal's Online Manual
  • Code Interpretations
  • Inner Office Memos
  • Press Releases
  • Publications
  • Building Dedication & Centennial Celebration

have been moved from under "SFM Documentation" on the left-side menu to under "Admin".

Energy Code Changes
Posted 06.25.07

Act No. 110 was signed by the Governor and became effective on June 22, 2007. As such, the plans and specifications for every commercial building built or remodeled in the state must be drawn in accordance with the requirements of the revised Commercial Building Energy Conservation Code. A summary of the revisions are as follows:

1). The applicable standard for commercial buildings, except low-rise residential buildings, is now the 2004 Edition of ASHRAE, (ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2004).

2). The applicable standard for low-rise residential buildings is now the 2006 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code, (IECC 2006).

Code compliance materials can be obtained from the Department of Energy's website http://www.energycodes.gov. Technical assistance can be obtained from the Technology Assessment division of the La. Dept. Of Natural Resources at 1-800-836-9589 (1-225-342-3842 if calling from outside Louisiana).

New State Fire Marshal: Paul Smith
Posted 04.16.07

Governor Blanco has appointed Paul Smith, a member of the Louisiana State Firemen's Association and Fire Chief of the Alexandria Fire Department, as the new State Fire Marshal.

"With more than three decades of fire service experience, Paul Smith assumes the responsibility of Fire Marshal in a critical time for our state. He will lead the enforcement of our statewide building codes designed to protect our lives and our property from natural disasters. I look forward to working with Paul as we continue making Louisiana a safer place for all our citizens." - Governor Blanco

Mr. Smith will replace Acting Fire Marshal, Henry Fry, who returns to his position as Deputy Assistant Fire Marshal.

Building Code Review Process
Posted 01.03.07

Act 12 of the 2005 First Extraordinary Session will require all new construction within the state to comply with the provisions of the new State Uniform Construction Code after January 1, 2007. This legislation also permits this office, the Office of State Fire Marshal, to establish contract agreements with municipalities and parishes in order to provide code enforcement on behalf of the municipality or parish.

After January 1, 2007 this office will be providing plan review of structures excluding one-and-two family dwellings for compliance with the applicable requirements of the Louisiana State Uniform Construction Code (LSUCCC) on behalf of any parish or municipality that requests our assistance. As such, it will be necessary for each applicant to determine if the proposed structure is to be located within a parish or municipality that has contracted with this office to provide this service or if other arrangements have been made...see full memo.

Adobe Acrobat File IBC Plan Review Fee Schedule

Adobe Acrobat File 2007 Plan Review Application


LAC 55: V 1501 Equal Access for Disabled Individuals Rule Change – Enforcement of Fair Housing
Posted 11.01.06

Starting January 1, 2007, the Office of State Fire Marshal will begin enforcing Fair Housing Requirements for apartments with more than 4 units, in addition to the ANSI A117.1 requirements for apartment complexes with 15 or more units.

Training will be offered for the public in early January, 2007 and information on cost, locations and enrollment will be posted on the website as soon as it is available. Contact Linda.Burch@dps.la.gov for additional information.

The rule was posted in the October 2006 Louisiana Register and can be found on page 125 on the website: http://www.doa.louisiana.gov/osr/reg/0610/0610RUL.pdf

Any multi-family housing building with more than 4 units will be required to meet the Fair Housing requirements as detailed in the Fair Housing Act Accessibility Guidelines.

These guidelines can be found on the following website.

The seven major requirements that the Office of State Fire Marshal will enforce are:

1. Accessible building entrance on an accessible route.
2. Accessible and usable public and common use areas.
3. Usable doors.
4. Accessible route into and through the covered unit.
5. Light switches, electrical outlets, thermostats and other environmental controls in accessible locations.
6. Reinforced walls for grab bars.
7. Usable kitchens and bathrooms.

State Fire Marshal Web Address Change
Posted 09.26.06

All Louisiana government websites are in the process of moving to the la.gov domain. The SFM website has made this switch and the new web address (URL) is dps.louisiana.gov/sfm [the full address is: http://www.dps.louisiana.gov/sfm].

The old web address of dps.state.la.us/sfm [full address: http://www.dps.state.la.us/sfm] should forward to the new address for some time to come. However, it is recommended that you update your bookmarks now with the new address.

Click here for tips on adding the Louisiana State Fire Marshal website to your Bookmarks/Favorites.

Assisted Living Facilities Meeting Cancelled
Posted 09.01.06

Due to September 11, 2006 is during the week of National Assisted Living Week, it has come to our attention from Lisa Comeaux, President of the Louisiana Assisted Living Association, that attendance for this meeting would be impacted. The meeting has been CANCELLED.

We will reschedule another date and send out a notice at that time. We are sorry if this has caused any inconvenience.

Should you have any questions, please contact my assistant, Wanita Pepper at 1-800-256-5452 or 225-925-4119.

- Felicia Cooper

Fire Prevention Manual Review Committee
Posted 08.30.06

The next meeting will take place, Friday, September 22, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and will be held at the Baton Rouge Office of the State Fire Marshal (8181 Independence Blvd.) in the Large Training Room.

Fire Prevention Bureau Meeting
Posted 08.24.06

The meeting will take place on Friday, August 25, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and will be held at the Baton Rouge Office of the State Fire Marshal in the Large Training Room.

Videoconferencing will be available at:

  • Lafayette District Office, 3241 NW Evangeline Thwy., Lafayette
    [Phone: (337) 886-1273]

  • Monroe District Office, 807 Hudson Lane, Monroe
    [Phone: (318) 362-4696]

  • Shreveport District Office, 960 Jordan St., Shreveport,
    [Phone: (318) 676-7145]

Any questions, please contact Wanita Pepper at 1-800-256-5452 or (225) 925-4119.

Facts on Fire Replacement Materials
Posted 04.13.06

Information on obtaining replacements for any Facts on Fire material lost or damaged during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Deadline for requests is May 5, 2006. See the State Fire Marshal's Facts on Fire Replacement Materials page for more information.

New Site Design
Posted 04.13.06

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal website has been completely redesigned. Please see the About (Help) page for more information.

New Page Added for Act 12 Statute
Posted 03.20.06

Please visit the State Uniform Construction Code: General Information Concerning Act 12 of the Firest Extraordinary Session 2005 for more information.

Louisiana Fallen Firefighter & 9-11 Memorial Dedication Ceremony
Posted 03.16.06 | Updated 03.22.06

The ceremony will be taking place on Saturday, April 8th. Please view the Invitation and Press Release for more information; both files are in .pdf format.

Bounce Meeting Cancelled
Posted 01.09.06

Due to an illness, the bounce meeting schedule for Wednesday, January 11, 2006, has been cancelled. We will reschedule the meeting on a later date to be announced soon; check back here for updates. If you have any questions, you may contact Bill Owens or Kalyn Mills at (800) 256-5452.

FEMA Grant Writing Tips
Posted 01.05.06

Helpful FEMA Grant Proposal Writing Tips posted in the Fire Information section.


FEMA Blue Tarps Information Page Added
Added 12.29.05

Informational page added to Fireworks section on FEMA Blue Tarps; this file is in .pdf format.

Two New Pages Added to SFM Website
Posted 12.13.05

Press Releases: Fire Safety

Product Safety Recalls

Mechanical Safety - Amusements Section Adds New Page
Posted 11.28.05


Historic Buildings Page Added
Added 04.15.05

Construction for Louisiana's Historic Buildings

Employee Achievements
Posted 03.01.05

  • John Laudun appointed to the NFPA Technical Committee on Venting Systems for Cooking Appliances

  • Bill Owens elected to the National Board of Boilers and Pressure Vessels Inspector

2005 Hurricane-related

These are memos and policies issued immediately after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. You can also find most of this information on the SFM Disaster Recovery page.

Fire Marshal Sets Up Satellite Plan Review Offices for New Orleans Area
Effective October 2005 | Updated 12.16.06 | Updated 07.01.08

NOTE: These satellite offices are not only for hurricane-related projects.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of SFM employee and Plan Review Architect, Gene Bates, on Monday, March 2, 2009. He was a talented, dedicated architect and a friend to all; he will be sorely missed. Due to the present circumstances, the New Orleans Plan Review Office, located at The Yenni Building in Harahan, is closed until further notice. For more information, please contact our main office at (800) 256-5452.

Architect on Call: Gene Bates [Click name to email]

As of April 7, 2006, Gene will be available at the Yenni Building Mondays and Fridays.

Yenni Building
1221 Elmwood Park Boulevard, Ste 305
Jefferson, LA 70123
Telephone: (504) 736-6867
The office is located on the 3rd floor

Click for map.

Architect on Call: Otis Ramke [Click name to email]

This office is open during its regular hours on Mondays and Fridays.

Military Road Complex
61134 Military Road
Slidell, LA 70461
Telephone: (225) 268-2906
This office is located in the old Levee Board building

Click for map.

Assisted Living Meetings Unable to Offer Videoconferencing
Posted 11.14.05

Videoconferencing for the general meetings with the Assisted Living Industry at the State Fire Marshal's office will not be available. These meetings are scheduled for:

  • Monday, December 12, 2005
  • Monday, March 13, 2006
  • Monday, June 12, 2006
  • Monday, September 11, 2006

Again, the meetings will still take place, but due to budget restraints we will not be able to offer video conferencing. Please see the memorandum for more information; this file is in .pdf format.

October 27-28 CEU Classes Cancelled
Posted 10.26.05

October 27-28 CEU Classes offered by the Office of State Fire Marshal were cancelled due to circumstances surrounding hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Classes will not be offered this calendar year. Please check our web site regularly for scheduling of classes next year. If you are interested in advanced notice of classes, please send your email address to Cindy Obier.

Fallen Firefighter Memorial Dedication Delayed
Posted 10.20.05

Due to hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the October 29th Memorial Dedication ceremony has been postponed until April 2006. This has been done so that Louisiana and the fire service has time to recover from the devastating effects of both hurricanes. Future updates will be sent after the new date is finalized. Thank you for your understanding.

SFM Disaster Recovery Page Added
Posted 10.13.05

Provides information, memos, press releases, etc. issued by the Louisiana State Fire Marshal due or pertaining to disasters in Louisiana and the nation.

SFM Disaster Recovery

New Orleans District Office Moves to New Location
Posted 10.20.05

Due to damage of the state building where our New Orleans District Office was located, the district will temporarily be housed at an alternative location. This location will be:

122 Industrial Avenue
Jefferson, Louisiana 70121
Telephone: (504) 219-4600
Fax: (504) 219-4601

This building is located off of River Road at the parish line between Orleans and Jefferson Parish.

Inspections Memos Pertaining to Hurricanes Issued
Posted 10.10.05

Adobe Acrobat File Requirements for Temporary Fire Watch

Health Care Memos Pertaining to Hurricanes Issued
Posted 09.19.05

Adobe Acrobat File Emergency Procedures for Mobile-Modular Health Units

Adobe Acrobat File Office Policy for Re-Opening Health Care Facilities Affected by Hurricane Katrina

Plan Review Memos Pertaining to Hurricanes Issued
Posted 09.19.05 - 10.04.05

Adobe Acrobat File Interim Protocol Regarding Buildings with Code Required Non-working Fire Alarm and/or Code Required Non-working Sprinker Systems | Updated 01.05.06 |

Adobe Acrobat File Hurricane Guidelines for Temporary Occupancy

Adobe Acrobat File Hurricane Procedures for System Replacements

Adobe Acrobat File Re-Opening of Evacuated Detention Facilities

Licensing Memos Pertaining to Hurricanes Issued
Posted 09.19.05

Adobe Acrobat File Emergency Licensing Guidelines


SFM Employee Page Added
Effective 11.01.04

The SFM Employee Page provides Fire Marshal personnel with pertinent forms, documents, links and information. This page is password-protected; if you are a Fire Marshal employee and need access to this page, please email Shanna.

Building Dedication & Centennial Celebration Page Added
Added 09.01.04

On Friday, August 27, 2004, the Louisiana State Fire Marshal celebrated 100 years of service with the dedication of the Fire Marshal's first official state office building. See the SFM Building Dedication & Centennial Celebration for more.

Driving Directions to the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office
Posted 08.09.04

Having trouble finding the new State Fire Marshal building? Use these driving directions to find your way or use a mapping program/website to find us at 8181 Independence Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA, 70809.

NFPA 101® Life Safety Code® Changes
Effective 07.01.04

Adobe Acrobat File Technical/Substantive Changes from 2000 Edition to 2003 Edition

Harrah's Donates $25,000
Posted 05.18.04

The Harrah's Foundation donates $25,000 to the Fallen Firefighter's Memorial. See Press Release for more.

National Preparedness Standard, NFPA 1600

NFPA Standard recommended to 9-11 Commission for use as the National Preparedness Standard. From NFPA website:

April 30, 2004 - The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) yesterday recommended to the 9-11 Commission that a National Fire Protection Association Standard, NFPA 1600 Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs, be recognized as the national preparedness standard.

Read more and download the NFPA 1600 for free at the NFPA website.

Adoption of 2003 Life Safety Code

As of July 1, 2004, the plans and specifications for every structure built or remodeled in the state of Louisiana must be drawn in accordance with the requirements of the 2003 Edition of the Life and Safety Code (excluding Chapter 5 and all TIA's) of the National Fire Protection Association.

Louisiana Administrative Code 55:V:103
Goto pages 70-73

Adoption of International Building Code, 2000 Edition

Effective January 1, 2004: The International Building Code, 2000 Edition, published by the International Code Council, the National Electrical Code, 1999 Edition published by the National Fire Protection Association, and Part XIV (Plumbing) of the State Sanitary Code as promulgated by the secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals are hereby adopted as the State Uniform Construction Code.

The State Fire Marshal Moves

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal has moved to their new location! The new address is:

Office of State Fire Marshal
8181 Independence Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

New Site Features Added

Features added to website to aid in navigation: Site Map & Search Page.

This page was last modified on February 3, 2016