Painesville City Fire Department, Fire Prevention Bureau

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The mission of the Fire Prevention Bureau of the Painesville City Fire Department is to “Reduce the Incidents of Fire through Code Enforcement and Inspections”.


The goal of the bureau is to inspect every Educational, Institutional and Place of Assembly occupancy annually and to inspect businesses tri-annually.


The Bureau is staffed by one (1) part-time Fire Safety Inspector, Terry G. Sopko, and is staffed an average of 20 hours per week.


To speak with Inspector Sopko or to schedule inspections please call 392-5850 or e-mail him at



Click here for is the “Business Inspection Checklist” that can be utilized by businesses prior to us doing their actual inspection.


Click here for the “Vendor Checklist” used for vendor/concession inspections at public events.


Current link to Ohio Fire Code: