A vital part of fire protection in Kings Mountain is through code enforcement thanks to the Fire Prevention Bureau.
The Fire Prevention Bureau is under the direction of Assistant Chief Jamie Black. We enforce code standards through the North Carolina State Building Code: Fire Prevention Code. Of unique note is the fact that we not only inspect in Cleveland County, but in Gaston County as well, as recent annexations have extended the city limits into Gaston County.
The City of Kings Mountain is 10.5 square miles, but with the recently added 2 mile ETJ we have fire inspection responsibilities for about 27.5 square miles. There are hundreds of businesses - large and small in this area, not to mention all the churches, schools, day cares and foster homes. We work in conjunction with the Cleveland County Fire Marshal's Office to inspect in our ETJ.
The Fire Prevention Bureau works in conjunction with the Planning Department and Building Codes Department of Kings Mountain. We are involved in all phases of construction - from blueprint readings to on site tours to inspections long after the buildings are completed.
We also provide various sources of Public Education to our citizens and businesses, including:
*Safety talks at local schools
*Fire extinguisher training for local groups and businesses
*Safety talks in retirement homes and senior citizen groups
*Sponsoring and supporting NFPA programs
Of importance to us is our smoke detector program, which enables us to place smoke detectors in the homes of our senior citizens and needy families. If you know of someone who needs a smoke detector, please contact our office at 704-734-0555.
We welcome the opportunity to speak to your group at any time. Feel free to contact us at 704-734-0555 to schedule a presentation or ask a question. We look forward to serving you!