Texas State Library and Archives Commission

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



Overview

Creator: Texas. State Fire Marshal.
Title: State Fire Marshal press releases and newsletters
Dates: 1979-1981, 1987, 1989
Dates: bulk 1980-1981
Abstract: 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.
Quantity: fractional
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

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.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

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.


 

Arrangement of the Records

These records are arranged by record type as received from the Legislative Reference Library.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

None.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Texas. State Board of Insurance.
Subjects:
Insurance, fire--Texas--State supervision.
Document Types:
Press releases--Insurance, Fire--Texas--1980-1981.
Newsletters--Insurance, Fire--Texas--1987, 1989.
Memorandum--Insurance, Fire--Texas--1979.
Functions:
Regulating insurance.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Department of Insurance, State Fire Marshal, State Fire Marshal key rate files, 1893, 1904-1999, undated, bulk 1930-1997, 187 cubic ft., over 1000 maps [in process]

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Texas State Fire Marshal press releases and newsletters. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

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.

Processing Information

Laura K. Saegert, June 2006


Detailed Description of the Records

 

State Fire Marshal press releases and newsletters, 1979-1981, 1987, 1989, bulk 1980-1981,
fractional

Box
2006 Accessions Box 6 (2006/171) Newsletters, memorandum, press releases, 1979-1981, 1987, 1989