The members of the Fire Marshal's Office dedicate their efforts to providing a secure and superior quality of life for the citizens, visitors, and investors through code enforcement, education and fire investigations. The members further commit to cooperative relationships with other public safety organizations and code enforcement groups with common goals.
Members assigned to Fire Investigations are responsible for determining the origin and cause of every fire and investigations involving explosions and explosive materials. Those assigned to the Investigations Division are sworn law enforcement officers and work closely with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
Two Captains serve as Deputy Fire Marshals supervising the daily operations. Currently, there are nine Assistant Fire Marshals assigned to inspections, 3 civilian fire inspectors, 4 part-time fire inspectors and 5 Assistant Fire Marshals assigned to Investigations.
Battalion Chief / Fire Marshal Terrence J. Tassone
Battlion Chief Tassone joined the Virginia Beach Fire Department in December of 1985. He currently serves as the Fire Marshal. The primary duty of the Fire Marshal is to provide oversight for Fire inspectors, Fire Investigators, and Life safety educators as they strive to keep our community safe.
Chief Tassone holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Saint Leo University and an Associate Degree in Fire Science from Tidewater Community College. He is a graduate of the Virginia Department of Fire Programs Fire Marshal Academy, Law Enforcement for Fire Marshals. He is currently a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators. He has also completed the NFPA 1031, NFPA 1033, CORE and Advanced Code Official courses.
Terry is a member of the Tidewater Regional Arson Panel, Virginia International Association Bomb Technicians/Investigators and the International Code Council.
Deputy Fire Marshals
Captain Timothy Scott is responsible for the Environmental Crimes Task Force, the Hotel Motel Task Force, Plans Review for new construction, Establishment Review Task Force, Open Burning Permits, Hoarding issues, Life Safety Inspections and the daily supervision of fire inspections and fire investigations. He also manages Inspectors assigned to Plans Review and is the liaison to the Clean Community Commission.
Chris Francis Bio (coming soon)
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