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Fire Department - Loss Prevention


The West Chester Loss Prevention Bureau is a multi-faceted division of the Fire Department dedicated to the preservation of life and the conservation of property for the residents and corporate citizens of West Chester Township, through prevention education, fire safety inspections, code enforcement and fire scene investigations.

The Loss Prevention Bureau reviews plans for new commercial construction in the Township and provides regulatory comments to ensure compliance with applicable safety codes. The bureau performs annual fire and life safety inspections for each business within West Chester, and will perform residential inspections by request.

The Bureau also addresses issues related to fire hydrant maintenance with its annual Fire Hydrant Flushing program.

This Bureau is perhaps most visible in the community through its public education programs offered to children and adults. Topics such as basic fire extinguisher operation and  hazardous material mitigation can be covered in an adult program. Or for children, a demonstration of the Fire Safe House helps to educate children on fire safety and how to behave when fire is suspected in their residence.

West Chester police officers and firefighters present a West Chester University class on Emergency Preparedness.

Inspections & Fire Code

The West Chester Fire Department works closely with businesses and residents to ensure that fire codes are met. Inspections of commercial properties are completed regularly and the Fire Department is also happy to schedule residential inspections to provide tips and guidelines for improving safety at home.

To prepare for an inspection, Click here to view guidelines.

The West Chester Township Trustees have adopted the 2000 International Fire Code as the West Chester Fire Prevention Code as its guideline for enforcment.



CAPTAIN SCOTT BROOKS - (513) 759-7243 

Fire Inspectors - 

KEVIN HARDWICK - (513) 759-7245

GARY WEHMEYER - (513) 759-7246