Fire Prevention Inspections

Fire inspector badge with bureau mission to prevent fires before they start-minimizing potential life and property loss.

Iowa State Fire Marshal Fire Inspectors are responsible for the inspection of health care facilities, schools, prisons, daycares, flammable liquid installations, and public buildings to ensure compliance with codes. State Fire Inspectors also inspect and investigate building complaints.

State Fire Inspectors are trained law enforcement officers and are certified as Federal Healthcare Surveyors through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

The Iowa State Fire Marshal Division inspects healthcare facilities that are licensed and regulated through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Healthcare facilities that are inspected include hospitals, end stage renal dialysis centers, intermediate care facilities, nursing homes, and ambulatory surgical centers.

S and C Letters from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Sensitivity Testing Enforcement
Surge Protector Policy
Door Locking Guide
Alcohol Based Hand Rub Installation Guidance
Holiday Decorating Memo
Plan of Correction Guidelines
Plan of Correction Template
Waiver Form
Emergency Lighting Equipment Test Log
Electrical Receptacle Testing Overview
Electrical Receptacle Testing Form
Annual Fire Door Inspection Form
Sprinkler System Outage/Fire Watch Policy Requirements
Fire Watch Plan Guidance Memo
Emergency Evacuation Plan Guidance Memo (Healthcare)
CMS Emergency Preparedness Overview website
CMS 1135 Waiver Reference website
Guidance on Outdoor Visitation (Healthcare)

State Inspections

State Fire Marshal Fire Inspectors inspect many facilities that are governed and regulated by the State. Schools, jails, prisons, day cares, residential care facilities, assisted living, and group homes are just some of the state regulated facilities inspected by the State Fire Marshal Division.

Fire Inspectors also conduct inspections for other building and occupancy types based on complaints. Fire Inspectors do not inspect single or two-family dwellings for fire code compliance.

International Fire & Building Code - Most state inspections are conducted using the 2015 International Fire Code and 2015 International Building Code and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards as referred within the International Codes.

661-201.2(100) General Provisions - International Fire Code (IFC) 2015 adoption section

661-301.3(103A) General Provisions - International Building Code (IBC) 2015 adoption section.

Occupancy inspections are required to be conducted for all state regulated buildings that have been newly built, remodeled, or a change from one occupancy to another, before occupying the area. To request an occupancy inspection, contact the State Fire Inspector for the area to schedule a time. There is an inspection fee of $150.00 for the occupancy inspection.

State Plan of Correction Guide
Surge Protector Policy (Non-Healthcare)
Door Locking Guide (Non-Healthcare)
Variance Request-Door Securement Device
Variance Request
Proper Classroom Door Lock Installation
NFPA Safety Alert- Antifreeze in Residential Sprinkler
Temporary Construction Variance Request


Special Agent in Charge

The Fire Prevention Bureau is supervised by Special Agent in Charge Kyle Gorsh and Special Agent in Charge Jake Allspach.

Flammable Liquids Program Contacts

The state of Iowa is covered by two Fire Inspectors for flammable liquids (aboveground storage tank) plan reviews and inspections.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Program Contact

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Program is overseen by Special Agent in Charge Jake Allspach .


Territory 1 includes the following counties: Davis, Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Muscatine, Scott, Van Buren, Wapello, and Washington. 

Territory 1 is covered by Fire Inspector Amy Fratzke. 


Territory 2 includes the following counties: Buena Vista, Calhoun, Carroll, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Greene, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Sac, and Sioux.

Territory 2 is covered by Fire Inspector Josh Lahr. 


Territory 3 includes the following counties: Adair, Audubon, Cass, Crawford, Fremont, Guthrie, Harrison, Ida, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, Shelby, and Woodbury.

Territory 3 is covered by Fire Inspector Marty McCreedy.


Territory 4 includes the following counties: Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Humboldt, Kossuth, Polk, Story, Webster, Winnebago, and Wright. 

Territory 4 is covered by Fire Inspector Andy McCall. 


Territory 6 includes the following counties:  Benton, Cedar, Clinton, Iowa, Jackson, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Poweshiek.

Territory 6 is covered by Fire Inspector Trevor Kabala.


Territory 7 includes the following counties: Allamakee, Bremer, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek. 

Territory 7 is covered by Fire Inspector Mike Euans. 


Territory 8 includes the following counties: Black Hawk, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Grundy, Hardin, Marshall, Mitchell, Tama, and Worth. 

Territory 8 is covered by Fire Inspector Steve Sonderleiter. 


Territory 9 includes the following counties: Adams, Appanoose, Clarke, Dallas, Decatur, Jasper, Lucas, Madison, Mahaska, Marion, Monroe, Ringgold, Taylor, Union, Warren, and Wayne.

Territory 9 is covered by Fire Inspector Curt Seddon. 

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