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. Stephen Parks is the Fire Inspector for the City of Grants Pass. Kelly Busch is the Prevention Program Office Assistant.

Officer Ken Frownfelter is the Crime Prevention Officer

Crime Prevention Duties

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.

Neighborhood Watch

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, and
  • 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
  • Sparky
  • Station Tours
  • Wildfire Fuels Mitigation
  • Wildfire Preparedness

Contact Us

  1. Fire/Rescue Bureau

    Fire Non-Emergency
    (M - F, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

    Ph: 541-450-6200
    Fx: 541-476-1929

    Non-Emergency After Hours
    Ph: 541-450-6260

    Emergency: 911

    Fire Rescue Division 2017

    Physical Address

    800 East Park Street
    Grants Pass, OR 97527

    Mailing Address

    101 NW A Street
    Grants Pass, OR 97526
    Staff Directory

    Ride-Along Program

    Policy on Ride-Alongs (PDF)

    Request to Participate Form (PDF)

Fire Safety at Home

  1. 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.

  2. Recreational Fires

    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.

    Recreational Fire Guidelines (PDF)

Neighborhood Watch Newsletters