Fire Prevention Division
THE FIRE PREVENTION DIVISION PROVIDES plan review, code enforcement, juvenile fire setter intervention, and fire investigation within the cities of Bonney Lake, Edgewood, Milton, Sumner, and the Town of South Prairie.
In 2016, prevention personnel conducted 393 inspections for the City of Bonney Lake; 593 inspections for the City of Sumner; 251 inspections for Edgewood; 34 for Milton; 7 for South Prairie; and 1 for unincorporated Pierce County. The majority of inspections were related to new construction activity.
The fire district is responsible for determining the origin and cause of all fires that occur within the jurisdiction. The majority of the investigations are conducted by East Pierce Fire and Rescue's investigators or with assistance from the Pierce County Fire Marshal’s Office.
In 2016, the Division participated in the investigation of 40 fires, including grass fires, vehicle fires and various commercial and residential structure fires.
East Pierce Fire and Rescue's Fire Prevention Division works in partnership with the community to promote and maintain a fire safe living and working environment. To accomplish this, we focus primarily on the following tasks:
- Administer fire inspections and other interpretive guidance to ensure compliance with the jurisdictionally-adopted municipal and fire codes of Bonney Lake, Edgewood, Milton, Sumner and South Prairie.
- Work in conjunction with local businesses, neighborhood associations, residents and other agencies to identify and address fire safety concerns within the community.
- Monitor public assemblies and community events to ensure safety of the attendees and enforce adequate access for fire and EMS services.
New Construction & Tenant Improvements
All new construction and tenant improvements/remodels within East Pierce Fire and Rescue's service area, and permitted within the Cities of Bonney Lake, Edgewood, Milton, Sumner and Town of South Prairie Building Departments, are reviewed by the Fire Prevention Division to ensure the proposed development meets applicable fire and life safety requirements. Improved fire codes and new construction plan review is one of the primary ways that the fire service has reduced the number of catastrophic fires and fire fatalities in the United States over the past 30 years.
Pierce County Building and Land Services (unincorporated Pierce County)
Knox Box Rapid Entry Systems
The Knox-Box Rapid Entry System is a secure emergency access program developed for property owners and first responders. First Responders across North America use the Knox-Box Rapid Entry System to prevent costly entry damage while protecting property and lives. When a fire breaks out or there is a medical emergency, Knox products allow immediate entry into buildings and property without forced entry damage or delay. Property owners store entrance keys, access cards and floor plans in high-security Knox-Box key boxes mounted near building entrances. Each Knox-Box purchased by the property owner is keyed to a single master key controlled by the local responding department.
In addition to key boxes and vaults, Knox padlocks and key switches operate with the same master key. There are so many gated communities today that fire and police departments are delayed when responding to emergency calls. Increased property damage and even total loss is a threat when property is not accessible. The Knox Rapid Entry System was developed to save property and lives.
Knox Product Ordering Information
Contact EPFR's Fire Prevention Division to determine which Knox product is required for your situation. Then purchase your equipment directly at www.Knoxbox.com. From the "Products/Place Order" button, enter your zip code and select "East Pierce Fire & Rescue" from the results list. Select the Knox product that the Fire Prevention Division specified for you. Knox Corporation will automatically notify EPFR once your order is placed.
Once Your Knox Product Arrives
Once you have the box mounted, EPFR will place the key in the box. Email the Fire Prevention Division, at least 48 hours in advance, to schedule your key placement. All appointments must be scheduled via e-mail. Please do not leave phone messages for appointment requests.
Other applications that may apply are gate locking padlocks, gate cylinder locks, gate electric key overrides, FDC caps, and elevator key boxes.
Submitting Testing Reports
- Confidence Test Reports:
- Fire sprinkler
- Fire alarm
- Kitchen hood
- Tier II Reports
Contact the Fire Prevention Division
Fire Prevention Division staff spend the majority of their time in the field conducting site visits and inspections. The best way to communicate is through email. Fire Prevention Division staff are not housed at our Headquarter Station and are typically not available for drop-in visits. Please email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: (253) 299-5560
Fire Prevention Personnel
Jim Jaques - Fire Marshal
Lane Walthers - Assistant Fire Marshal
Paul Brockwell - Deputy Fire Marshal
Brian VanMeter - Deputy Fire Marshal