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The Lancaster City Bureau of Fire is comprised of 75 men and women who provide firefighting and fire prevention services to the residents of the City of Lancaster.

Lancaster City Bureau of Fire Administrative Office
120 North Duke Street
Valerie Paige,

We are currently recruiting prospective firefighters!  The fire service is an outstanding career field that allows individuals to provide a valuable service to the public. The profession offers exciting work, great pay, benefits, and promotional opportunities. Firefighter duties include:

     - Fire suppression

     - Emergency medical care

     - Hazardous materials response

     - Rescue services

     - Public fire/safety education

The City of Lancaster utilizes the civil service testing process for firefighters.  Job applications will be available on the City’s job listings page in the near future (approx. June 2015).  Please contact if you have questions about the application process.   (link the word job listings to that page please). 

Fire Marshal Office (Fire Inspection, Code Enforcement, Safety Education)
Lieutenant Tom Paul,

Fire Permit Application

Certificate of Fitness Application

For more information on the programs and services listed below, please contact the Fire Marshal Office at 717-291-4869.

Residential Smoke Detector Program

The Lancaster City Bureau of Fire provides assistance and education in residential fire detection and suppression systems. The Fire Bureau is here to respond to residents' questions regarding fire alarms, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and residential sprinkler systems and will provide and install detectors free of charge, if available, to owner occupied residences.  To find out if you qualify and apply for the smoke detector program, please call the Fire Marshal division at 717-291-4869.

A detector is required on the ceiling or wall outside of each sleeping area, in each bedroom or room that can be used to sleep in (every room, except the kitchen and bathroom) and on each level of the house, including the basement.

Use of detectors using removable nine volt batteries as a source of power shall be prohibited in all situations.

The City fire code requires either hard-wired smoke detectors with battery backup or 10 year non-removable (tamperproof) lithium battery detectors, as per the International Fire Code 2009 Edition.

The Lancaster City Fire Foundation helps to provide smoke detectors for our installation program and your donation is appreciated. Click here to donate today.

Inspection of Buildings, Equipment, and Systems

The Lancaster City Bureau of Fire inspects buildings annually for compliance to the adopted 2009 edition of the International Fire Code. All buildings used for assembly, mercantile, education and healthcare are inspected for both public and employee safety. Inspectors check fire safety equipment including fire alarm systems, sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers and emergency lighting. All must meet the adopted fire codes to pass inspection.

Tent Permits

Tent permits are required for any tent measuring larger than a 20’x 20’ tent. 

Fire Prevention and Safety Education

The Lancaster City Bureau of Fire provides fire prevention and safety training to various organizations such as civic groups, senior citizens, school students, community service groups, businesses and neighborhood watch programs.

Juvenile Fire Setter Program

The Lancaster City Bureau of Fire has formed a coalition of Community Service groups including Juvenile Probation, Children and Youth, Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Manheim Township Police, Enhanced Treatment for Children and the Lancaster County Firemen’s Association. This coalition hosts an intervention program to provide evaluations and referrals to appropriate agencies for troubled children and their families.

On-Site Emergency Response Planning

The Lancaster City Bureau Fire provides assistance with on-site emergency planning for businesses. The program includes pre-incident survey planning, inspections, and emergency planning to manage incidents.

For more information on the programs and services listed above, please contact the Fire Marshal Office at 717-291-4869.