RI Fire Academy


Greetings and welcome to the Rhode Island Fire Safety Code Board of Appeal & Review website.

Here's what you'll find on the Fire Safety Code Board website:

We welcome the opportunity to provide you with this information and will continue to update this site as the need arises.

If you should have any comments, questions, complaints or require additional information or assistance, please submit your request to us via the "Contact Us" links.

W. Keith Burlingame, Esq.
Executive Director

  Fire Safety Code & Board Information



NFPA 3000 - Active Shooter / Hostile Environment Response (ASHER) Fact Sheet - click here

E-Bike fire safety

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The Quonset hut was developed in 1941 at the Davisville Naval Construction Battalion (Seabee) Center located at Quonset Point, RI.

The halligan bar was developed in 1948 by FDNY First Deputy Chief Hugh Halligan and first utilized extensively by the Boston, MA fire department.

The fire hydrant was originally called a fireplug and was manually inserted into an underground wooden water main when needed.

Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) Directory

Contact Information



Variances & Appeals

The Board will be migrating to a totally digital on-line variance application and payment process in the coming months of 2023.

Once this conversion takes place, in-person and mail-in applications will no longer be accepted.

Stay tuned!

Additional information on how to file an appeal can be found here.

Proposed Regulatory Rulemaking

The Board is currently reviewing the following codes for adoption as part of the State Fire Safety Code:

  • NFPA 1, Fire Code, 2021 edition
  • NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, 2022 edition
  • NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, 2021 edition


Important dates, comment periods and other relevant information may be accessed here.

RI State Fire Marshals Office

Addition information and resources regarding fire safety issues in Rhode Island can be found on the RI State Fire Marshals Office website or by telephone at 401-889-5555.

Information regarding the inspection process for various occupancy types can be viewed here.


Safety Tips


ARSON TIPLINE: 401-383-7723

Rhode Island Fire Laws and Rules Annotated

A printed version of the current Rhode Island Fire Laws and Rules Annotated can be purchased from LexisNexis online here or by telephone at 877-461-8801. This publication contains all fire-related Rhode Island statutes, a copy of all rules & regulations, a complete copy of the Rehabilitation Building and Fire Code for Existing Buildings and Structures and current Blanket Variances & Formal Interpretations.

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Rhode Island State Fire Academy - Exeter, RI

Operated by the Office of the State Fire Marshal, among the many missions and services provided by the Fire Academy is the training and certification of fire marshals throughout the state in the development, application and enforcement of the State Fire Safety Code.