Texas Department of Insurance, State Fire Marshal:
An Inventory of State Fire Marshal Press Releases and Newsletters at the Texas State Archives, 1979-1981, 1987, 1989, bulk 1980-1981
The Texas State Fire Marshal's Office (SFMO), a program of the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) (known as the State Board of Insurance during this time period), originated in 1910. Its primary objective has always been to reduce the incidence and severity of fires, thereby decreasing fire deaths, injuries and property losses. From the beginningof the program in 1910 until 1975, the Commissioner of Insurance or a member of the State Board of Insurance (SBI) served as state fire marshal. The 1975 legislation mandated the appointment of a state fire marshal who would be a state commissioned officer and would administer, enforce, and carry out the applicable provisions of the Texas Insurance Code and other statutes. Responsibilities included those relative to: arson investigations, fire safety inspections, flammable liquids at retail service stations, licensing and regulation of fireworks, fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and the state fire escape law. The SFMO was authorized in 1980 to implement a Texas Fire Incident Report System (TEXFIRS), which went on-line in 1982. Legislation in 1991 consolidated the SFMO with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection and Personnel Standards and Education and the Firemen's Pension Commission. In 1997 the State Fire Marshal's Office was returned to the Texas Department of Insurance.
(Sources: internet webpages of the Texas Department of Insurance and the State Fire Marshal's Office, viewed in June 2006, http://www.tdi.state.tx.us/fire/index.html; and http://www.tdi.state.tx.us/fire/fmhistoy.html.)
The Texas State Fire Marshal's Office (SFMO), a program of the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), originated in 1910. Its primary objective has always been to reduce the incidence and severity of fires, thereby decreasing fire deaths, injuries and property losses. Records consist of press releases, a memorandum directed to all school superintendents, and a few newsletters of the State Fire Marshal's Office, dating 1979-1981, 1987, 1989, bulk dating 1980-1981. Topics covered largely concern fire prevention activities, fire safety, the Texas Fire Incident Reporting System (TEXFIRS), and new or pending legislation.
To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.
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(Identify the item), Texas State Fire Marshal press releases and newsletters. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession number: 2006/171
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on January 26, 2006.
Laura K. Saegert, June 2006
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