Community Risk Reduction

The Williamsburg Fire Prevention Office focuses on educating the community about the benefits of proper safety practices and identifying and eliminating a variety of hazardous conditions that pose a threat to life, property, and the environment. This proactive approach has limited the number of fires and other devastating events that could have transpired in the city.

The Office of Community Risk Reduction is headed by Captain Cary Middlebrook, a sworn fire marshal who has been employed by the city for nearly sixteen years. Captain Middlebrook is a forty-hour employee who supervises a staff of one assistant fire marshal and two inspectors. The inspectors and fire marshals are responsible for enforcing the Virginia Fire Code, as well as City Code.

Office of Community Risk Reduction Responsibilities

  • Code Enforcement
  • Commercial and Residential Inspections
  • Investigation of incidents involving fires, environmental crimes and bombings
  • Permits (Tents and Public Fireworks Displays)
  • Plans Review
  • Public Education