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Fire Prevention

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The purpose of the Chula Vista Fire Prevention Division is to provide services aimed at reducing the risk of fire and injuries to the public. These services are provided through the administration of Fire Safety Engineering, Fire Code Inspection, Fire Investigation and Public Education Programs to the community while maintaining a commitment to excellence in an atmosphere of courtesy, integrity, and respect for diversity. The Fire Marshal is responsible for the Fire Department's Fire Prevention Division.


Accelerant Detection Canine Team

Fire Investigator Darin Golden applied for the State Farm “Arson Dog Program” in 2009 and  fortunately was awarded the training scholarship in early 2010. At the end of the academy Darin and  Cali earned their certification as a Accelerant Detection Canine team. It must be remembered, that  utilizing an Accelerant Detection Dog Team does not replace the need for an Origin and Cause  Investigator. The dog is only a tool, but experience has proven that a properly trained dog is the best  tool available to find trace evidence of ignitable liquids.

This tremendous sense of smell, which humans cannot duplicate, has  afforded law enforcement and fire officials a valuable tool in the fight against arson fires nationwide.   Arsonists using accelerants will quickly discover that these "canine detectives" are their worst   enemy. Many have been arrested and convicted with evidence discovered by accelerant-detecting   canines and many more will be in the future.


Staff Directory

 Fire Marshal  Justin Gipson (619) 691-5029
Senior Fire Inspectors Darin Golden (619) 409-5968
  Derek Olivas          
(619) 409-5849
 Fire Inspectors Adam Beardsley
(619) 476-2325
  Fernando Felix
(619) 585-5633
  Justin Berkley
(619) 409-5486
  Maggie Greene
(619) 409-5851
  Richard Gari (619) 409-5843
  Marshall Castro (619) 409-5494
  Christopher Smith (619) 691-5195
  Kelly Briers (619) 691-5029
 Fire Prevention Aide Vacant (619) 691-5148
 Senior Office Specialist Mariluz Zepeda (619) 691-5029

To schedule Fire Inspections please call (619) 691-5029

Fire Prevention Division - Main Office 

Public Services North, Building C
276 Fourth Avenue 
Chula Vista, CA 91910 
Phone: 619-691-5029
Fax: 619-691-5204   

Business hours:
Monday through Thursday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Fire Plan Check Office - Development Services 

Public Services South, Building B
276 Fourth Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Business Hours: 
Monday through Thursday
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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