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Community Risk Reduction Division

Community Risk Reduction (CRR) is the identification and prioritization of risks, threats and hazards followed by the implementation and evaluation of strategies to lessen their impact. Through the collaboration of Coalinga Fire Department staff, city leaders, and the community, together we will enhance resiliency and improve preparedness during and prior to emergency events. 

The Community Risk Reduction Division, formerly known as Fire Prevention, adopts and enforces codes and ordinances relative to fire and life safety issues, reviews plans and conducts inspections of construction projects, coordinates annual life safety inspections of all existing commercial buildings, and investigates all fires.

In an effort to accommodate all business owners, it is recommended that owners contact the CRR and make arrangements ahead of time to schedule annual inspections.

The Coalinga Fire Department wishes all business owners great success with your business venture and we will remain available throughout the licensing process to assist with issues that may develop.

Areas of Responsibility

Fire Prevention

The Coalinga Fire Department provides a number of inspection services to the citizens and business owners of Coalinga. Mandated by state requirements, general statutes, or local codes, inspections are conducted in various commercial businesses and facilities.

California Building & Fire Codes

The California Building and Fire Codes are periodically updated and adopted by local ordinance and are enforceable by state law. The provisions of the code shall apply to the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, maintenance, removal and demolition of every building or structure or any appurtenances connected or attached to such buildings or structures.

Plan Check & Review

Begin and continue with this Division. Plans are submitted after permits are obtained and checked for code compliance. Changes or CRR comments are made based on the California Fire Codes, International Code Council (ICC) 2007.

Fire Investigation

Public Education 

Weed Abatement

Known as brush management, which is a public nuisance to enforcement for the removal of:

  • brush
  • cleaning maintenance.
  • debris
  • rubbish
  • weeds

Fire Sprinkler Systems

The best defense is the best-prepared offenses, the best defensible structures are those equipped with automatic sprinkler protection. The fire department is preparing a city ordinance requiring new construction to comply with NFPA 13R sprinkler systems. 

Kitchen Hood Systems

The California State Fire Marshall in 1994 ordered the change-out of existing fire protection systems to the new UL300 water-based system. In February 2007, language to the law was added that required compliance by the second service in 2008. It is the intent to have all systems upgraded within this time frame. Education service to businesses is provided.

Class K Systems Extinguishers

The Class K Systems Extinguishers are designed specifically for extinguishing cooking fires and work in conjunction with the UL300 requirements. Modern cooking oils burn at a much higher temperature than lard and other fats previously used. This new cooking media holds a significant amount of heat after extinguishment, which reduces the likelihood of complete extinguishment. Class K extinguishers are designed to cool the burning cooking material as well as to extinguish it.

Smoke Detectors

All smoke detectors consist of two basic parts: a sensor to sense the smoke and a very loud electronic horn to alert people. Smoke detectors can run off of a 9-volt battery with regulated 120-volt house current to newer construction, apartment housing, and hotels. 


There is an administrative fireworks permit fee due at the time of the city business license application. Prior to the issuance of the city permit for resale, the issuance of the insurance certificate will be routed to risk management and the site address will be routed to the Community Risk Reduction Division (CRR) for respective approvals. Upon notification of their approval, our office will then issue a permit. 

This permit will then be sent to you by mail unless other arrangements have been made. It will be the responsibility of the applicant to have the permit on-site at the time of the final inspection. You will be required to contact the CRR at 559-935-1533, ext.115 to schedule any and all inspections prior to the sale. 

All setup must be completed prior to inspections. Be sure to allow yourself enough time to be able to make any corrections the inspector may require. You will not be allowed to open the stand to the public until your stand has been inspected and the permit has been approved.

Firework Application

Application for a firework stand permit shall be submitted to the Fire Department office by June 15th of each calendar year. Any application that is received after this date will be returned without consideration, no appeal is allowed. Applications received that are incomplete will also be returned. 

For more information about the application process, please contact the City of Coalinga at 559-935-1652.