Community Risk Reduction

About the Community Risk Reduction

Tamarac Fire Rescue’s Community Risk Reduction Division (CRRD) plays a pivotal role in protecting the life, health, property, and natural resources of the community. Community Risk Reduction is the process of identifying and prioritizing local risks, threats and hazards followed by the implementation and evaluation of strategies to reduce their impact. The CRRD provides fire and life safety code inspections, public education programs, and emergency management for the City, ensuring the highest level of safety for the residents, visitors and employees.

The division performs fire safety inspections for all commercial and multi-family structures, special events, food trucks and vacation rentals. Through the collaboration of Tamarac Fire Rescue staff, city leaders and the community, together, the city enhances resiliency and improves preparedness prior to and during emergency incidents. While fire prevention, fire life safety inspections and public education remain integral parts of the fire rescue responsibilities, Tamarac Fire Rescue’s CRRD concept takes an all-inclusive approach to improving civilian and firefighter safety.

CRRD personnel investigate fires to determine the origin and cause, prepare written reports, and assists other State and Federal agencies with any fire investigations within the city. The CRRD follows up on false fire alarm activations and works to educate residents and business owners of the potential impacts of false fire alarm activations.

The successful efforts in implementing such strategies are a comprehensive, all-hazards approach to community risk reduction, through a mutual partnership with residents and business owners within the City of Tamarac.

A Message From Fire Marshal Tommy Demopoulos

It is the goal of our division, to partner with the residents of Tamarac and business community, to mitigate fires and other emergencies, through a mutual partnership.

Our staff prides themselves on being business friendly and customer service. We maintain our knowledge and skills through training and education, as well as active participation in countywide, statewide, and nationwide committee and association involvement.

Our staff is highly qualified in fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems, fire plan reviews, fire investigations and public education. Please take a minute to ensure you have working smoke alarms in every sleeping area, in the area immediately outside each sleeping area, and on each level of your home. If you have an attached garage or fuel-burning appliances, ensure you also have a working carbon monoxide alarm.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have or to get further information on any of our programs.

Inspection Details & Regulations

Broward County Code mandates that each municipality conduct fire inspections at all businesses and multifamily residential occupancies within its jurisdiction at least annually. Tamarac City Code of Ordinances and Florida State Statute 633.081(1) provides for relief through the recovery of incurred costs for the mandated annual fire inspections.

A typical inspection includes the initial life safety inspection both inside and outside of each location, processing the required documentation, data collection for emergency planning and performing re-inspections when violations are identified. Fees are calculated based on square footage, fire protection systems present, and the number of dwelling units in each multifamily residential building.

Studies by the National Fire Protection Association have shown one of the most effective preventive measures to eliminate or reduce fire loss and damage is to have an annual fire inspection program.

Community Risk Reduction

Tommy Demopoulos
Division Chief/Fire Marshal
Rebecca Geimer
Assistant Fire Marshal
Cintia Chelles
Fire Inspector/Plans Examiner
Shiela Doblas
Sheila Doblas
Fire Inspector
Jean-Yves Virgile
Fire Inspector
Marshal Seals Fire Inspector
Marshall Seals
Fire Inspector
Heather Vega
Sr. Office Assistant