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SFMO's Message on COVID-19

Friday, March 27, 2020 | 03:57pm

During this unprecedented time arising from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) wants customers to know our team is committed to providing continuity of service and first-class customer service to all our customers during this challenging time.

Our entire SFMO team, as well as all members of the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI), are now working remotely as part of following the social distancing strategies outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Our offices are open and fully operational. You may reach the SFMO via its state email or by calling their state office line during regular office hours. All SFMO staff will be responding to email and voicemail messages throughout the day during the business week as we continue working remotely. As part of following social distancing guidelines, we are no longer holding any in-person meetings or seeing walk-in customers at the Davy Crockett Tower, including hearings and any other form of gatherings that includes members of the public. Please do not visit the Davy Crockett Tower at this time. If able, these meetings/hearings can take place telephonically, via the Web, by Skype or other digital tools. Please check with your point of contact at TDCI about how to communicate or refer to our website about how hearings will be held. (A list of contacts is provided at the end of this bulletin.)

Business owners should know the changes to SFMO-conducted operations do not affect existing life safety requirements. Life safety,  property protection, and code-required inspections still must be conducted according to regular maintenance schedules. Life safety and property protection includes, but is not limited to, special locking systems and equipment, fire sprinkler systems and equipment, fire detection and alarm systems and equipment, fire suppression systems and equipment, portable fire extinguishers, and fire hoses.

Licensees or permit holders who have questions about their renewal applications or who are unable to complete any continuing education requirements as a result of COVID-19, should contact the Licensing Section at 615-741-7170 or by email at

For commercial building projects, including plan review, please contact Codes EnforcementDirector Chris Bainbridge at 615-741-6246.

We are following all directives and guidance issued by Governor Bill Lee and TennesseeDepartment of Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey, related to COVID-19, including those related to travel and public gatherings. For this reason, outreach presentations and smoke-alarm installations through our “Get Alarmed, Tennessee!” program are being postponed and staff are abstaining from professional conferences and training programs. These events are being canceled or postponed due to social distancing efforts to reduce viral impact.

Important information on COVID-19 is available at the Tennessee Department of Health’s website: and the CDC’s websites: and

Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office

Staff Contacts:

Codes Enforcement, Director Chris Bainbridge

Education and Outreach, Director Greg Adams

Electrical, Residential, and Marina Inspections, Director Michael Morelli

Firefighting Commission, Executive Director Anthony Grande

Manufactured Housing, Modular Buildings and Licensing Section, Director Jim Hightower

Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy (TFACA)

Staff Contacts:

TFACA Executive Director Jeff Elliott

Jason Sparks - Fire Program 931-294-4159

Nichole Brown - Fire Program- 931-294-4127

Stephen Snow - Codes Program 931-294-4104

Wayne Morris - Codes Program 931-294-4182

Chelsie Lutton - Business/Financial 615-253-8296

Tim Brinegar - Hospitality 931-294-4103