The Fire Marshal’s Office is charged with enforcing State and Federal laws and regulations along with the City of Port Arthur’s adopted ordinances such as the Fire Code. This is accomplished through incident investigations and the inspection program.

Incident Investigations: Personnel who are certified by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection as Arson Investigators and by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement as Texas Peace Officers conduct various types of incident investigations. The Division is responsible for these investigations all the way through to criminal prosecution if necessary. The Department’s Investigators are members of the Southeast Texas Environmental Crimes Task Force which allows investigators direct access to Federal agencies in matters pertaining to environmental crimes.

The Fire Prevention Division maintains an Explosive Ordnance Detection Canine. The “bomb dog” as it is commonly referred to, is handled by a Deputy Fire Marshal and responds throughout the area to assist other agencies as needed.

ARSON HOTLINE: (409) 983-8715

When calling the Arson Hotline, please follow the steps listed below:

  1. Please state your full name, address, and a phone number for contact so that any reward money due may be processed and delivered to you for the information you provide.
  2. State the names of any suspects and where they may be found. A description of the suspects will be helpful as well.
  3. State any other information which may be helpful during the investigation.

INSPECTIONS: Inspections of existing and new buildings within the City are performed with the goal of reducing hazards to the citizens and business owners. Reducing injuries and damages associated with fires and other hazardous conditions is our top priority.

All buildings within the jurisdiction are may be subject to inspection for fire and life safety hazards. Basic inspections are usually covered under the tax base, however, there may be fees associated with construction in new fire protection systems covering plan review and acceptance testing. There may also be fees which apply to inspections which involve greater than normal time or special circumstances to conduct the inspection, such as in large occupancies, special operations, or specific hazards. Fees may be assessed for testing of access control features associated with the property. Fees may be assessed for additional re-inspection visits because of failure to have deficiencies completed for previous re-inspection visits, or due to failure of an acceptance test of a fire protection system.