About Fire Prevention

The Fire Prevention Division provides inspections, plan review, investigations and prevention services for people who live and work in the cities of Des Moines, Federal Way and parts of unincorporated King County.

Fire Marshal: Sean Nichols


Sean coordinates the preparation, training, and implementation of new and revised codes, standards, ordinances, along with other regulations applicable to fire prevention and code enforcement.

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Assistant Fire Marshal: Tanya Holland  Holland

Tanya coordinates with business and property owners regarding fire related codes, and she plans the review and approval processes for occupancy permits and business licenses. In addition, she oversees inspection programs, by assigning and reviewing inspections of Fire and Life Safety Inspection personnel and Deputy Fire Marshals.

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Plan Examiner: Scott Gerard


Scott identifies inadequacies found in construction plans, reports and calculations, and requests corrections. He documents compliance or non-compliance with citations from applicable codes, negotiates and develops mutually acceptable solutions to code conformance problems and life safety issues with architects, engineers, contractors, and the public, and responds to design professionals and contractors regarding any design or installation issues.

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Administrative Assistant: Delia Fjelstad 

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Fire & Life Safety Inspectors: 


As a team, they enforce fire codes pertaining to life safety and the protection of property. They develop mutually acceptable solutions to code conformance problems, identify inadequacies or non-compliance with citations from applicable codes, and maintain all necessary records and reports of the Fire Prevention Division as directed by the Assistant Fire Marshal.  Inspection locations are listed for each, these are approximate. Please reach out to the office directly for a specific inspector.

Kortny Fleig

Southern Portion.

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Erik Enghusen

Northern Portion.

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Lauri Baas

BaasCentral Portion.

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Deputy Fire Marshals: 


The two deputy marshals are responsible for inspection of structures, facilities, site development, and special events for compliance with the Fire Code. Typically they perform inspections on new construction facilities. 


Roy Smith 


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John Strub - No photo at this time 

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