The fire prevention division is complied of the Fire Investigations, Fire Inspectors Office, and the Public Education Prevention
Fire Inspector Mike Oakley is certified by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance as a Fire/Building Inspector. Oakley conducts all commercial business fire inspections throughout the city. He verifies that the businesses within the city limits conform to the fire codes and that buildings are safe.
He also oversees the maintenance and assists with repairs on the city's flood warning system, and responds to fire and EMS emergencies as needed.
Although the Inspectors have individual roles throughout the department, they work closely with each other and the Building and Planning Departments to complete each inspection. Inspections include sprinkler systems, stand pipe systems, and life safety issues. The inspectors are also responsible for insuring that businesses comply with the property maintenance codes.
Fire Inspector Brooks Wilson began his career with the Gatlinburg Fire Department in August 2007 as a Firefighter/EMT. Brooks joined the Inspectors office in January 2015. He is certified by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance as a Fire Inspector 1. Brooks is also a licensed Paramedic. His role in the inspectors division is to inspect all of the overnight rental properties to ensure that they are compliant with the city's fire codes and the proper safety equipment is in place. He also responds to fire, rescue, and EMS emergencies as needed.
Josh Tucker is certified by the State of Tennessee's Fire Marshall's Office as a Fire Investigator/Fire Inspector.
Tucker conducts tourist residency fire inspections throughout the city. He verifies that the rental properties within the city limits conform to the fire codes and that buildings are safe.
In the event of a fire, Tucker is the lead Fire Investigator. Additionally, the Fire Chief has developed a Fire Investigation Task Force to help conduct investigations in a timely and efficient manner.
The Fire Investigation Task Force is made up of about ten people including the Fire Investigator. Where only two of the ten people are certified fire investigators, the other eight people train monthly on topics such as introduction to fire investigation, arson detection, pour patterns and fire fatalities. When there is a fire in the city, the task force forms to help collect evidence and investigate the fire scene.