Community Risk Reduction


Community Risk Reduction
(Fire Prevention)

Fire Plans are taken in at the Redlands Fire Department Administration Offices, located at 35 Cajon Street, Suite 12
Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday: Closed
For questions, call Community Risk Reduction at 909-798-7601

Operating under the direction of the Fire Chief, and guided by the California Fire Code (CFC), the goal of the Fire Prevention Division is to safeguard the community from fire through programs ensuring adherence to fire regulations, public education, and mitigation. The division consists of the Fire Marshal, and one Administrative Technician.

Division Responsibilities

  • Review of all Development Plans related to CFC requirements.
  • Authorization of Fire Permits
  • Conduct Fire Safety Inspections
  • Provide PIO services for the department.
  • Provide Fire Investigations for cause and origin.
  • Administration of the Weed Abatement program
  • Fire Safety Trailer
  • Dispense information on Fire Safety
  • Urban Wildland Fire Prevention
  • Fire Prevention Demonstration Garden at Ford Park

Plans accepted at fire admin:

  • Automatic Fire-Extinguishing Systems – (Fire Sprinklers)
  • Battery Systems
  • Clean Agents
  • Compressed Gases
  • Cryogenic Fluids
  • Fire Alarm/Detection
  • Fire Pumps
  • Flammable/Combustible Liquids
  • Hazardous Materials
  • High Piled Storage
  • Industrial Ovens
  • Kitchen Hood-n-Duct
  • LP Gases
  • Private Fire Hydrants
  • Spraying/Dipping
  • Standpipe Systems

Plan Submittal Application

For a plan submittal application, click here! Just print it out, fill it out, and bring it into Fire Administration.

Weed Abatement

Community Risk Reduction personnel conduct weed abatement inspections in the high fire hazard areas in the City twice a year. It is critical that property owners maintain their properties and clear any and all vegetation that can create a fire hazard. With all of the recent rain, we are anticipating another active fire season. Please help us in protecting your property by creating defensible space around your home.

If your property fails the weed abatement inspection you will be sent a notice to remove the hazard.  If the hazard is not removed, then the city will have the work performed and the property will be accessed a charge to cover the cost of the work.

If you have any questions regarding weed abatement or defensible space, please feel free to contact us at (909)798-7600

    Fire Annual Inspections/Self Inspection Program

    The Redlands Fire Department conducts fire and life safety inspections on an annual basis to ensure that businesses adhere to the requirements of the California Fire Code. As an additional option for certain business types, the department is launching the Business Occupant Safety Survey “BOSS” occupant performed fire safety assessment program. The Redlands City Council approved the “BOSS” program in an effort to reduce the impact of government fees on small businesses within Redlands. Traditional Redlands Fire Department Inspections have a fee starting at $135.00. The “BOSS” program allows qualifying business types to save money over a two year period. Eligible businesses can now elect on alternating years to participate in the “BOSS” program by completing three simple steps. First, when the “BOSS” form comes in the mail, carefully scrutinize their business for the items listed on the fire safety survey. Second, complete and sign the fire safety survey form. And third, mail the completed survey in the enclosed self-addressed envelope to the Redlands Fire Department along with a check for only $22.00.

    The “BOSS” Program is intended to be an educational program for small businesses and building owners. It equips them with critical knowledge they need to keep their employees, customers, and property fire safe by adhering to the requirements of the California Fire Code. Educational materials combined with a fire safety survey checklist, allows the business owner and their employees to be familiar with the safety inspection process from start to finish. The “BOSS” checklist will be mailed every other year depending on address to verify that hazards do not exist within your business or building.

    The Redlands Fire Department’s “BOSS” program targets small, light hazard, commercial occupancies that do not normally have a high occupant load. Light hazard occupancies are locations where there is a relatively low amount of combustible materials within the occupied space, including furnishings, decorations, and other contents. These occupancies may include: small businesses or professional offices, small retail shops, and small personal service shops such as barber shops, beauty shops, or nail salons. If a business fits into this category, it may be eligible to conduct its own fire safety survey. Occupants may elect to complete the safety surveys more often; however, a reminder will be e-mailed and mailed to qualifying businesses on a biennial (every other yearly) basis.

    To download a copy of the BOSS survey, click here.

    To download a copy of the Fire Code reference guide, click here.

    The Redlands Fire Prevention staff is available to answer any questions at (909) 798-7601.

    Businesses may also elect to opt out of the “BOSS” program and ask for a regular fire inspection.

    Here is a partial list of businesses types that under normal conditions MAY be eligible:

    • Animal hospitals, kennels, and pounds
    • Banks
    • Barber and beauty shops
    • Car washes
    • Clinic and outpatient offices
    • Electronic data processing offices
    • Professional services (architects, attorneys, dentists, physicians, engineers, etc.)
    • Radio and television stations
    • Training and skill development not within a school or academic program

    Businesses which are ineligible for the “BOSS” Inspection program which include those businesses that present a larger potential for life and/or dollar loss, will be inspected by Redlands Fire Department personnel. These inspections include schools, hospitals, large care facilities, hazardous occupancies, and assembly occupancies such as restaurants, movie theaters, and auditoriums.

    Based on individual conditions, history of fire code violations, construction type, the presence of other hazards, and/or activities that require permitting, the Fire Department retains the right to require a Fire Department staff conducted inspection.

    The Redlands Chamber of Commerce applauds the program for its cost savings benefit. Kathie Thurston, Chamber Executive Director, says, “The Chamber of Commerce is delighted that the Fire Department has implemented the BOSS program, and encourages the business community to embrace it with enthusiasm. Anytime there is an opportunity for the business community to experience a reduction in fees, it’s time to celebrate.” Thurston commends the Boss program for being simple for businesses to do. “The Chamber has worked with the Department to refine and simplify the survey making it user friendly and easy to do. This is another example of business and government working together to become more efficient and effective.”

    Firewise Construction and Landscaping Information

    For a Firewise Construction or Landscaping Checklist and other Fire Prevention information and fun facts, click on

    or you can download the following information here:

    Fire Prevention Week

    Fire Prevention Week is held in October. Annually, the RFD hosts an open house at Fire Station #261 located at 525 E. Citrus Ave. Details will be shared closer to the event, please come join us in learning Fire Safety Techniques and meet your local Fire Department Personnel!



    As adopted by Resolution No. 8045 – December 3, 2019.


    Investigation Unit

    The mission of the Redlands Fire Department Investigation Unit is to determine the origin and cause of all fires and provide the appropriate documentation. To identify and apprehend those persons responsible for the commission of arson and crimes related to arson. The Investigation Unit provides continuous education and public awareness to both internal and external customers of the City of Redlands.