Fairview Fire Marshal Discusses Fire Code and Vocation Responsibilities
Fairview Fire Marshal, Travis Green said from his point of view, the biggest thing residents can do to keep Fairview safe is to realize the importance of fire lanes and not block them. He said, “Fire lanes are there for a reason, to give access to that building to the firefighters and medics.” Violators can be issued citations which can have a fine of up to $200. He said principals at Lovejoy schools have been very cooperative about keeping the fire lanes clear, yet there have been times during school assemblies when the lanes have been blocked, the fire truck had to be parked away from the school and the firefighters walked to the building.
The top five fire code offenses in Fairview are 1. Blocking fire lanes. 2. Open burning (It is unlawful to open burn in Fairview on property 10 acres or less). 3. Fireworks (This ordinance violation also has a fine up to $200. Green went to three fires in Lucas this past July 4 due to unlawful use of fireworks.) 4. Obstructed exits at businesses. 5. Exceeding occupancy.
Businesses can be fined up to $2,000 a day if their life safety systems (fire alarms and sprinkler system) are not functioning as required. Green trains firefighters on procedures to control the life safety system if there is a fire in a hotel so that only the necessary floors will have the sprinkler system employed.
Green reviews life safety system plans for home builders and businesses. If a home is over 5,000 square feet, it must have this type of plan in place. He inspects the homes to ensure the builder has the best plan in place before the homeowner moves in. Existing businesses are inspected annually to ensure all fire codes and amendments are met. In case of emergency, fire and police departments both have access to a Knox Box which holds keys to all businesses in Fairview.
Since his time as the fire marshal began in January of 2017, Green has investigated four fires in Fairview. A year ago, a fireworks stand located on Country Club Road at the Fairview/Lucas border caught on fire; a house fire was caused by a plumber working on a pipe; and two homes were struck by lightning. Green is a trained fire inspector and investigator. He will determine cause and origin of the fire based on evidence at the fire such as where the wood is charred and by following the smoke line. They can utilize the Collin County Sheriff’s Office fire investigation dog, Sade. Sade is trained to detect hundreds of smells related to fire like gunpowder and explosives. Green provided training to firefighters on ways they can work with fire investigators to not destroy evidence when the fire is over, “Do as little damage as possible.” Once Green determines his hypothesis on how the fire was started, he works with the fire inspector sent by the insurance company, and they finalize the cause of fire.
Green was a firefighter for 12 years. He began as a volunteer firefighter with Fairview, then worked full time with Prosper FD and came back to Fairview full time in 2010. He has attended fire inspector and fire investigator school. He also attended fire academy at Collin College. He has taken continuing education Cause and Origin and Fire Death courses. Every year he attends a fire marshal conference. Green is a law enforcement officer and is able to enforce laws as police officers do, thus he carries a gun. Green will be teaching a hostile event class to Fairview Fire and EMS at Station 2 this month.
The Green family lives in Allen within the Lovejoy community.