The top priority of the Fire Prevention Division of the Kernersville Fire Rescue Department is to enhance fire and life safety in the community. This is accomplished primarily through enforcement of North Carolina’s Fire Code. The division coordinates/conducts the department’s fire inspection program routinely inspecting all new and existing commercial buildings in the Town to ensure fire code compliance. The plans for new construction projects are reviewed prior to the beginning of construction to see that the structure will meet all current codes and Town requirements. The division is also responsible for the issuance of permits for various activities that are required by the Town’s Ordinances and Fire Code.

Fire safety education is one of the best ways to prevent fires and the division plans and coordinates a wide variety of programs for the community. The department offers safety education programs to area schools, churches, civic groups, and businesses. These programs can be tailored to meet the needs of the audience.

Prevention personnel also investigate the cause of fires and related incidents. They work closely with area fire and law enforcement agencies to arrest and prosecute those people who unlawfully burn property in our community.

The division, which is headed by the town’s Fire Marshal, is a staff of 3 personnel who have received specialized training and certification in fire code enforcement, fire investigation, and education programs. Because of the importance of fire prevention and education to the community, the Fire Prevention Division is regularly assisted with their efforts by personnel from the Operations Division.

Fire Prevention Staff

Fire Marshal
Bruce Hennequin

Assistant Fire Marshal
Mike Cates

Assistant Fire Marshal
Josh Linville