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School InspectionThe Prevention Division works to reduce the potential impact of fire and explosion hazards where people live, work, and congregate. This team focuses on inspecting facilities which pose distinct fire hazards and where the potential loss of life from fire is very high.

The division is also responsible for the promotion of fire safety and the education of building owners, operators, and occupants, and the general public. Both office and field personnel are active educators, presenting a variety of program topics across the state of Kansas.

Our office even employs a dedicated Education Consultant to work with local fire and law enforcement jurisdictions, helping to educate kids on fire safety and prevent them from starting fires.

What's New

Welcome new OSFM staff!

OSFM | Sep 13, 2013

Randy DeShon, Fire Prevention Supervisor
We would like to welcome Randy DeShon to our staff. He is our new Fire Prevention Supervisor. He brings to us his past 29 years of experience in public service. Randy retired from the City of St. Joseph MO fire department in 2007 after nearly 23 years of service. He moved to Northeast Georgia and worked as a fire and building inspector prior to becoming the Building & Zoning Administrator of Helen, GA in 2012.


Brian Kayser, Application Developer
Brian Kayser has joined the OSFM staff as an Application Developer.  Brian has been in State service for eight years.  He wrote tax collection and case tracking software for the Department of Revenue for seven years.  He most recently spent a year with the Department of Agriculture working on licensing software, data analysis, and document management systems.  Previously, Brian was a computer programmer in the telecommunications and insurance industries.  "I'm excited and proud to be a part of the State Fire Marshal team.  We're doing some exciting things in the agency."

Shane Etzold, Prevention Inspector in Southeast Kansas
Shane Etzold has just joined our Fire Prevention Inspection team. A resident of Pittsburg since 2000, Shane will perform facility inspections in the Southeast Kansas area. Most recently, Shane worked as a Safety Specialist for the Kansas Department of Transportation. He is a graduate of Pittsburg State University with a B.S. in Technology Management and a Masters in Human Resource Development. “I’m looking forward to making a local impact by helping people live and work in fire safe facilities.”


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