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Community Risk Reduction


The Community Risk Reduction Division is directed by the Division Chief of Community Risk Reduction who is responsible for a wide range of activities that are aimed toward making the community a safer place to live and conduct business. 

These activities include commercial plan reviews, fire and life safety inspections, fire investigations, and direct the fire safety education program. Community Risk Reduction is charged with conducting fire and life safety inspections to help reduce the loss of lives and property through enforcement of the laws and regulations governing fire safety. 

The Community Risk Reduction Division reviews all commercial plans prior to the issuance of permits and all applicable sub-permits for the construction of: 

  • New commercial buildings
  • Commercial additions and renovations
  • New residential homes
  • Residential additions and remodels
  • Decks, and storage buildings
  • Special use permitting
  • Business licensing
  • Rental permitting
  • Firework permitting
  • Amusement permitting
  • Daycare permitting 


The following license information, by trade, is required in order to obtain a permit in the City of Harrison:

  • State Contractors License
  • Master Plumbing License
  • Master Electrical License
  • Mechanical License


The Risk Reduction Division conducts Certificate of Occupancy inspections for new businesses. The Division should be contacted prior to opening to schedule a date and time for the inspection. Any new business, change of location or change of ownership shall require an occupancy inspection. 

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Common IFC Violations for Business


The City of Harrison requires a rental permit for all Residential Rental Property in which three (3) or more individual dwelling units are attached and are owned by the same person or entitiy. Under City Ordinance, Residential Rental Property does not include single, individual, stand-alone rentals that are unattached to other properties or rentals. 

Owners shall register their Residential Rental Property/Properties with the Harrison Fire Department Community Risk Reduction Division. No permit fee will be charged for registration

Upon the completion of the initial registration process, a permit will be issued and shall be valid until December 31’st of each year. Renewal of the permit is required on an annual basis. Properties may be inspected by the Fire Deparment Community Risk Reduction Division as part of the permitting process. 

Failure to register as outlined above and/or failure to maintain current registration through permit renewal shall be deemed a misdemeanor ordinance violation.

Download Residential Rental Permit


Fire investigations are conducted by on duty members of the Operations Division, and overseen by the Division Chief of Community Risk Reduction. Investigations are conducted into both criminal and non-criminal fire causes and conditions. Fire Investigators work in conjunction with the Harrison Police Department Criminal Investigation Division. 


Fire Safety Education is a part of the overall duties assigned to the Harrison Fire Department. The Community Risk Reduction Division oversees the Fire Safety Education Committee on all public education and training programs that are used in the community. Firefighters conduct station tours of their assigned statsions, as well as providing fire company tours and presenting educational programs to students. 


Downloadable Construction Permits




Message from the Fire Chief

Welcome to the Harrison Fire Department website.

The goal of our page is to provide valuable information about your fire department and the services we provide.

We are committed to providing the highest level of customer service to our community. We protect lives and property through fire suppression, rescue, emergency medical services, fire prevention and public education. We serve our residents with 31 personnel from 3 fire stations and maintain an Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating of a Class 2. We recently created a Community Risk Reduction Division within our department that handles all aspects of building construction and fire code enforcement within the city.

With all of this being said, there is still another very important part of what we do. It is extremely important that your fire department be an active, visible, and approachable part of the community of our growing, vibrant city every chance we get. I encourage you to take the opportunity to stop by and visit with us.

On behalf of the entire department, we thank you for the opportunity to serve you. If we can be of further assistance, please contact us.


Marc Lowery                                                IAAI-CFI, CI, FIT / NAFI-CFEI

Fire Chief                                                     Harrison Fire Department

Community Risk Reduction Division