The Fire Prevention Division of Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District provides services to the community for fire plan review, business license inspection, public education and outreach, community risk reduction and fire investigation.
Free Community Programs to Reduce the Risk of Fire
The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD), fire prevention division is pleased to offer free fire safety community programs for citizens who are served by the District.
Defensible Space Assessment – This personalized program is offered to help residents protect themselves, loved ones, and property from wildfire. Strategies and resources will be provided to educate residents about areas in and around the home and property that are vulnerable to wildfire.
Home Safety Survey Program – This program is offered to help residents improve the safety of their home. This survey will be tailored to fit the home’s and resident’s specific situation. In addition, residents of the District can find a self-inspection checklist online here.
Trained fire inspectors from TMFPD will provide the guided personalized assessment of the home and/or property at no cost. And no fines are assessed or citations issued if any hazardous conditions or
The community programs are available any time of the year. Residents must live within the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (generally unincorporated Washoe County). To request participation in either program, call 775.326.6000 or email email@example.com.
Dispose of Ashes Properly to Prevent Wildfires - Use an Ash Can
Improper ash disposal causes thousands of fires every year, including the Washoe Drive Fire in 2012. With continued use of wood burning fireplaces and stoves, along with an increasing use of outdoor fire pits, the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) is providing ash cans at no charge to Washoe County residents. Residents can stop by any Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Station, or the District’s Administrative office at 1001 E. 9th Street, Building D while supplies last and limited to one ash can per household. Citizens can also purchase ash cans at local retailers. ***UPDATE: TMFPD IS NOW OUT OF STOCK OF ASH CANS FOR THE SEASON, AND WILL RESUME THE PROGRAM LATER IN 2019***
“As cold temperatures begin to take hold in Washoe County, it is important that our residents take prudent fire prevention measures when heating their homes, to include disposing ashes properly using an ash can,” said Fire Chief Charles Moore. Even after several days, a pile of ashes can hold enough heat to reignite and start a fire. Three days is the minimum recommended cooling period for ashes. Extra care should be used in the storage and final disposal. TMFPD produced a short video to learn more on ash disposal using an ash can.
When disposing of ashes, use the following procedure:
- All ashes should be stored in a fire-resistant metal container. Never store ashes in a cardboard box or plastic bag.
- Make sure there are no hot spots left in the ashes. This is done by soaking them in water and stirring.
- Wet down the ashes and any wood pieces in the can. Use enough water to saturate the materials in the bucket so they are thoroughly wet.
- Place the lid on the can and allow the ashes to sit for at least three days.
- The metal container should be placed on a non- combustible surface, and away from anything flammable. It should not be placed next to a firewood pile, in the garage, or under a wood deck or porch.
- After sitting for at least three days in the metal container, cautiously check the exterior of the can to ensure it is cool to the touch.
- Ashes can then be disposed of in the trash or used as compost in your garden.
Please note: If fire/rescue crews are on an emergency response, there will not be personnel that will respond to ash can requests at the station. We ask that residents return at a later time. Or, residents can come to the Fire District’s Administrative office at 1001 E. 9th Street, Building D.
Be Prepared for Wildfire!
Prepare, Anticipate and Evacuate
A wildfire can move quickly through an area. Creating defensible and survivable space is the most important thing you can do to prepare your home for wildfire. Preparation and planning are key components for the safety of your family and home. It is important for the community to work together to prepare for wildfire. See the Living with Fire website for important information for our area.
Washoe Code Red is a useful tool for notification in case of an evacuation event whether it be fire, flood, or any other emergency. Please be sure that you and your family are registered to receive these life saving notifications.
It is easy to prepare for an evacuation in case of a wildland fire or other emergency. See the United States Fire Administration website for their Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Tool Kit for advance preparation and planning information, as well as tips for after a fire. We also have a quick reference sheet for evacuation preparation and planning in a wildfire event.
Find additional wildfire evacuation and safety tips here.
Cans for Fireplace Ash and Oily Rag Disposal
With the increased use of outdoor fireplaces and alternative heating/cooking methods, the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District would like to remind you of proper ways to dispose of leftover ashes. Nationally, improper ash disposal from indoor and outdoor fireplaces and wood burning stoves causes thousands of fires every year.
Many people do not realize the length of time required for ashes to cool enough for disposal. Even after several days, a pile of ashes can hold enough heat to reignite and start a fire. Four days, or 96 hours, is the minimum recommended cooling period for ashes. Extra care should be used in the storage and final disposal.
When disposing of the ashes, you should use the following procedures:
- Make sure there are no hot spots left in the ashes. This is done by soaking them in water or letting them sit for several days and double checking for hot spots. This would apply to charcoal grill ashes as well.
- All ashes should then be stored in the fire-resistant metal container provided. This helps keep air from blowing through and disturbing ashes which can leave hot coals exposed for reigniting. Approved containers are available at local retailers. They should NEVER be disposed of in a plastic garbage box or can, a cardboard box or paper grocery bag. Never use a vacuum cleaner to pick up ashes.
- The metal container should be placed away from anything flammable. It should not be placed next to a firewood pile, up against or in the garage, on or under a wood deck or under a porch.
- After sitting for a week in the closed metal container, check them again to be sure that they are cool. If so, the ashes are then safe to dispose of in your trash.
As a safety precaution keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from a fireplace, wood stove, or any other heating appliance, and create a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires. It is important to make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying, and never leave a fire unattended, particularly when children are present.
Ash cans can also be used to store rags that have been used for painting, varnishing or staining and for the disposal of charcoal briquettes that have been used in a barbecue.
Residents may fill out an Ash Can Request form and bring it to our main office to receive an ash can.
Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District offers Public Education and Community Risk Reduction Programs to its residents. Please see the Public Education Request Form. The form should be filled out in its entirety and returned to our office. The request will be reviewed, and the requestor contacted with follow-up information regarding the requested program. Requests should be made at least 21 days prior to the date of the requested program. Please call the Prevention Division at 775-326-6006 with questions.
Fire Hazard Concerns
Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District may have the ability to assist residents with defensible space concerns. Residents can download and fill out the Fire Hazard Complaint Form, should they have concerns within the area. TMFPD has restrictions on what it is allowed to enforce which includes: the area of concern has to be visible from a public way, the form and concern cannot be anonymous, TMFPD will only address dead vegetation- which does not include sagebrush, the property shall be an adjoining property to the complainant, and the complainant's property and all adjoining properties shall be inspected and required to follow the requirements for defensible space compliance under Washoe County Code 60.
Washoe County Code 60: Fire Code
Contractor Checklists and information:
Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District has adopted, in accordance with NAC 477, the 2012 International Fire Code and 2012 International Wildland Urban Interface Code, with amendments. See the amendments for specific requirements for development within TMFPD. Any questions regarding development, commercial and residential plan review shall be referred to Deputy Chief Lisa Beaver at (775) 326-6005 . See Washoe County Building Department's document on construction in the WUI for additional information. Please find attached helpful checklists outlining the minimum information to be placed on a set of plans for construction within TMFPD. All plans shall be submitted through the Washoe County Building Department and be in compliance with all required Codes and Ordinances for TMFPD and State Law.
TMFPD Commercial Building Permit Application - Please complete, print and attach to plans before submitting.
High-pile storage: High pile storage requirements and instructional information is available below. Information and evaluation of high-pile storage arrangements shall be prepared by a fire protection specialist or fire protection engineer and shall include the information below. TMFPD will determine if the prepared report meets the requirements of the International Fire Code 2012 Ed. for compliance. Please call 775-326-6005 with questions.