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ESD 29 and County Fire Marshal Create Partnership to Reduce Fire Risk

Harris County – The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office (HCFMO) and Harris County Emergency Services
District 29 (Champions ESD), are pleased to announce an innovative community risk reduction program. The
goal of the program is to protect the citizens and property in the Champions community through proactive,
risk‐based fire safety inspections of commerical businesses and public buildings — such as retail stores,
restaurants, bars, motels, apartment complexes, warehouses, and industrial facilities — within the
community.
“The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office is excited to partner with Champions ESD on this pilot program,” said
Harris County Fire Marshal Mike Montgomery. “Together, we created a risk reduction strategy that will
improve the identification and correction of fire‐related hazards in commercial and public buildings. This
proactive approach will reduce fire risk and consequence when compared to reactive methods of the past.”
David Parker, a commissioner with Harris County ESD 29 stated, “Champions ESD is committed to working
with public and private partners within our district to promote fire and life safety initiatives and improve fire
prevention. Resources provided by our constituents allowed Champions ESD to partner with the Harris County
Fire Marshal’s Office, go outside the standard fire and emergency services matrix, and offer enhanced fire
inspection programs tailored to our customers’ needs and expectations.” Champins ESD Fire Chief Dan Shelor
sees the program as a benefit to the firefighters as well. “Not only does a program like this help protect our
citizens, but it also helps to protect firefighters from risks that may otherwise go unidentified.”
Initial inspections, conducted by HCFMO specialists, will begin August 15 and are projected to take 18 months
to complete. Subsequent, periodic inspections will be risk‐based, with the frequency determined by the
occupancy type, intended use, and associated fire history of each building or tenant space.
The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office is committed to protecting the lives and property of citizens in the
unincorporated areas of Harris County through effective fire prevention, fire investigation, education and
emergency response.

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