Risk Reduction Division
Responsibilities The Risk Reduction Division (RRD) is staffed by eleven experienced, full-time personnel. The RRD is responsible for a wide range of activities that make the community a safer place in which to work, shop, and live.
These activities include commercial plan reviews, fire safety inspections, fire safety education, and fire investigations. The RRD is charged with conducting fire and life safety inspections to protect our community and the lives of our citizens through enforcement of the laws and regulations governing fire safety. The Division absorbed what was formerly known as the Rogers Building Inspections Department in July of 2015. The consolidation improved the inefficiencies of both departments, creating a true one-stop shop for developer/builders.
Commercial Plan Reviews
Commercial plan reviews are performed on all construction projects in the city to ensure requirements of the Arkansas Fire Prevention Code. The RRD reviews all site plans, commercial construction plans, commercial remodels, fire protection plans, plans for the installation of storage tanks, and subdivision plans prior to construction or installation. The goal is to identify and correct problems while they can be easily and inexpensively corrected. Members of the RRD performs inspections on projects frequently during the construction phase.
Fire Safety Inspections
The RRD conducts fire safety inspections throughout the year. Pre-fire planning walk-throughs are also conducted by in-service fire companies. A strong effort is made to have every business in the city inspected on an annual basis by either the RRD or an in service fire company. The purpose of these inspections is to identify and correct hazardous conditions before they cause a fire or otherwise create a problem. These inspections are how we help to ensure that properties are maintained, exit doors are unlocked and operable and safety issues are addressed.
Fire investigations are conducted by an on-call member of the RRD. All division members are trained in fire investigation and evidence processing. The RRD conducts investigations into both criminal and non-criminal fire causes and conditions. The fire investigators work closely with the Rogers Police Department Criminal Investigation Division.
Fire Safety Education
Fire Safety Education is an important part of the overall duties assigned to the RRD. The RRD develops and coordinates a variety of public education and training programs that are used in the community. Firefighters conduct station tours of their stations, as well as providing fire company tours and presenting educational programs to pre-kindergarten classes through 4th grade students.
Fire Safety Houses
Rogers is also home to one of the Arkansas Children's Hospital Fire Safety Houses. The Fire Safety House travels to public events and schools throughout the year to educate children and parents about home escape plans in the event of a fire. The house provides a mobile classroom environment that can't be duplicated.
The safety house is one of the Rogers Fire Departments most used and visible tools when it comes to promoting fire safety. The Fire Safety House is available by appointment to local business, organizations, or other area fire departments.