One of the most vital functions we perform for our community is providing fire inspections of commercial and industrial facilities, apartment buildings, schools and churches. There are approximately 2,800 properties within the North Shore that must be inspected annually or bi-annually. Our firefighters evaluate the buildings for any unsafe conditions and then work with the owner or occupant to develop measures to correct any adverse conditions.
North Shore Fire/Rescue has a responsibility to improve the quality of fire safety in the North Shore. Our guidelines concentrate on identifying unsafe conditions or deficiencies in buildings and structures. The codes are provided by the Wisconsin Department of Commerce as adopted from the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). With care and diligence, we strive to provide a reliable means to reduce the loss of life or property from fire. Both the businesses and firefighters benefit. The businesses benefit by having safer buildings; the firefighters benefit by getting to know the buildings inside and out – useful information to have when fighting fires.
In addition to the inspections performed by the firefighters, the Fire Marshal Matt Mertens (414-357-0113 ext 1511) inspects new occupancies and new construction. He works with City and Village developers and planners before and throughout the construction process to make sure that codes are met and plans are made for safety and fire prevention.