Fire and Life Safety Inspections

Bailey_Robert Stanley12Assistant Fire Marshal Bob Bailey has the responsibility of overseeing the fire inspection section of the Fire Prevention Division. Bob has been with Lubbock Fire Rescue since 1989 and has been in the Fire Marshal's Office since 2001.  

Throughout history, fires have destroyed property and claimed lives, often devastating entire communities. Near the end of the 19th century in America, citizens began to realize that preventing fires from starting was better than having to extinguish them. Zoning ordinances were established by municipalities and national organizations began to develop codes and standards that defined the minimum levels of fire safety in both construction materials and design. Despite these advancements, unsafe acts on the part of occupants still contributed to many fires. The Station Nightclub fire in West Warick, Rhode Island, on February 20, 2003, killed over 100 people due to  improper use of pyrotechnics and too many occupants for the number of exits.

Fire Inspections and Fire Code Compliance activities are performed to ensure that businesses operating within the city are fire safe. Fire companies inspect existing business every year as part of the Fire Safety Survey program. Inspections of new construction and more technical existing buildings are performed by Fire Inspectors in the Fire Prevention Division.  When fire protection systems are installed or when major changes are done to existing systems, designers must submit the plans to our office for review. The Fire Protection Specialist reviews these plans to ensure they comply with our local ordinances and locally adopted codes and standards. One and two family residential properties are inspected on a request basis.

Fire Protection Engineer

Smith Choi is the Fire Protection Engineer for the Lubbock Fire Marshal's Office. His main responsibility is reviewing plans for fire alarm, fire sprinkler and other fire protection systems. Mr. Choi is also an expert in the Fire Code.

Mr. Choi graduated from West Virginia University Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is licensed as Registered Professional Engineer in the state of California and Texas. He held a contractor license in the state of California. Mr. Choi is a current member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and International Code Council. He was granted a professional membership by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. He has served on various code committees such as the NFPA technical committee (NFPA 37 & 820) and Wildfire Safety Panel appointed by Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Mr. Choi has worked as a Regulatory Compliance Engineer with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He has also worked as a Mechanical Engineer and Deputy Chief Mechanical and Plumbing Inspector for Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.