Crime & Fire Prevention Services
The Department of Public Safety is committed to the development and perpetuation of community crime prevention and fire prevention programs.
Fire Prevention is under the direct supervision of Fire Marshal Joe Hyatt. Tim Stacy and Michael Meyer are the Fire Inspectors for the City of Grants Pass. Kelly Busch is the Prevention Program Office Assistant.
Officer Ken Frownfelter is the Crime Prevention Officer.
The Crime Prevention Division analyzes local crime by types and areas in the City of Grants Pass. According to this analysis, the Crime Prevention Division designs and targets programs toward these crime types, with emphasis on the most serious offenses.
The Crime Prevention Officer makes every effort to organize and encourage the development of Neighborhood Watch groups. Neighborhood Watch groups consist of neighbors in a designated area and are under the leadership of a citizen with guidance from the Crime Prevention Officer.
Other Programs & Activities
In addition to Neighborhood Watch groups, the Prevention Division provides programs, classes, displays, and written informational material which have a positive effect in the city. Programs include, but are not limited to:
- Bike Safety
- Business and Residential Burglary Prevention
- Child Safety
- Domestic Violence Prevention
- Fire Extinguisher Training
- Fraud Prevention
- Identity Theft Education
- McGruff the Crime Dog
- National Night Out
- Personal Safety and Awareness
- Sexual Predator Awareness
- Workplace Violence Education
Fire Prevention Duties
The Fire Prevention Division is responsible for
- conducting fire and life safety compliance inspections in businesses
- performing origin and cause fire investigations
- providing public education encompassing all aspects of fire and life safety issues
- issuing fire code permits and conducting related inspections
- reviewing land development projects for access and water supply requirements
- conducting plan review and inspections for fire protection systems in both new and existing buildings
The Fire Prevention Division works under the authority of the State Fire Marshal.
Programs & Activities
In addition, the Fire Prevention Division provides these programs and classes:
- Address Signs
- Distribute Bicycle Helmets
- E.D.I.T.H. (Exit Drill in the Home)
- Fire Code Enforcement
- Fire Extinguisher Training
- Fire Inspections
- Fire Investigations
- Fire Safety in the Workplace
- Firewise Communities
- Smoke Alarm Program
- Smokey Bear Education at Schools
- Station Tours
- Wildfire Fuels Mitigation
- Wildfire Preparedness
Fire Performance Events
When planning an event involving fire performance, permits are required for both venue and performer.
Permits and Forms
- Conditional Use Permit Fire Art Performer (Fillable PDF)
- Permit Application for Fire Performance Art Venue (Fillable PDF)
Policies and Guides
- Fire Performance Art Permit - GPDPS Policies (PDF)
- GPDPS Fire Code Application Guide for Commercial Development (PDF)
- Event Permit Guide (PDF)
Go to the Planning A Special Event in Grants Pass page to review all the requirements for Special Event planning.
Fire Prevention Codes and Guidelines
(M - F, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
Non-Emergency After Hours
800 East Park Street
Grants Pass, OR 97527
101 NW A Street
Grants Pass, OR 97526
Josephine County Burn Line
541-476-9663 ext. 3
Many outside fires in Oregon are caused by improper debris burning or sparks from power equipment use.
Read the Yard Debris Removal & Equipment Use - Fire Safety brochure for tips on how to safely dispose of your yard debris.
Recreational fires (for cooking or recreational purposes only) are allowed in the City of Grants Pass provided the rules and regulations on the linked pamphlet are followed.
2020 Fire Season Recreational Fire Guidelines - Propane Pits Only (PDF)