Office of the State Fire Marshal
(Appropriated Spending in Thousands)
|Petroleum and Chemical Safety
|Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety
|Personnel Standards and Education
|Grants and Lump Sum Programs
Totals may not add due to rounding.
The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is dedicated to working with our partners and providing assistance to the fire service in the protection of life, property, and the environment through communication, inspection, investigation, certification, and licensing.
OSFM was created through an Act of the General Assembly on June 15, 1909. The Act required the Governor to appoint a State Fire Marshal who would be responsible for overseeing the agency. The initial charge to the agency was to inspect buildings to ensure they were safe from dangerous conditions, as well as to conduct cause and origin investigations of fires and, if evidence existed, to require the arrest of individuals for the crime of arson. To fund the operations of the agency, the General Assembly established a tax to be paid by insurance companies on the gross premium receipts collected on fire insurance policies. This tax still exists today and remains the primary funding source for the agency.
Over the course of the next century, the mission of OSFM was expanded to require the agency to ensure the safety of Illinois citizens from other potential dangers, including regulating boilers and pressure vessels, elevators, fire prevention-related industries, pyrotechnics, and underground and aboveground storage tanks as well as by providing education, training, and certifications to firefighters who choose to participate in such programs. Additionally, the agency makes grants and loans available to the fire service for training and equipment needs.
Today the agency is responsible for meeting or enforcing mandates contained in more than 40 state and federal statutes as well as the numerous rules associated with those statutes.
The agency is comprised of two primary bureaus.
The Bureau of Operation’s primary mission is to ensure the public safety of all Illinois residents through its law enforcement, inspection, and licensing functions. The Bureau includes all operational divisions of the agency: Arson Investigation, Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety, Elevator Safety, Fire Prevention, and Petroleum and Chemical Safety. The Bureau of Administration’s primary mission is to provide administrative support to the employees of OSFM as well support to the Illinois Fire Service. The Bureau is comprised of the following functions: financial management, contract and grant administration, procurement, human resources, building management, motor pool, information technology, and firefighter certification.