Business Inspections

The following link provides a general checklist for business owners to use to be in compliance with the adopted codes.

Business Inspection Checklist

Pre-Incident Plans

The City of Marion Fire Department prides itself on Pre-Incident Planning. Currently, we have over 500 Pre-Plans of various buildings that assist us in case of an emergency. The Pre-Plans provide vital information pertinent to any type of emergency that may arise. We are constantly adding and updating, or revising these Pre-Plans to insure accuracy.

Each plan consists of the following:

The plans are maintained by the department and accessible by computers at the station, and by laptop computers on the engines. While en route, we are able to first verify if your location contains a Knox-Box (See below for more information on Knox-Box). After that, we access your plan by business name or address. Based on specific information contained within your plan, we can implement the strategy already established for any emergency. Should an emergency arise while no one is at the location, we can call the designated personnel you have provided in the emergency contact list. We update each emergency contact list annually.

Update your Emergency Contact List HERE. Please include business name, address, three contact names including telephone numbers (usually a home number and cell phone number). Thank You.


In our continuing efforts to improve fire protection and public safety, the Marion Fire Department would like to introduce to you the Knox-Box Rapid Entry System. This information is of extreme importance and may become a legal requirement in the near future.

The Knox-Box rapid entry system is a secure emergency access program developed for property owners and fire departments. When a fire breaks out or there is a medical emergency, the Knox-Box allows immediate entry into buildings and property without forced entry damage or delay. Property owners store entrance keys, access cards, and floor plans in a high-security Knox-Box mounted near building entrances. Each Knox-Box purchased by a property owner is keyed to a single master key controlled by the fire department.

Non-Residential structures annually account for only 7 percent of fires, 2 percent of deaths, and 8 percent of injuries. These types of properties, however, account for a disproportionately large annual dollar loss of 31 percent. We invite you to find your category below and view the average amount of loss due to a fire. You will see that it would be beneficial to everyone to install a Knox-Box to reduce these losses and save lives. Figures are based on 2001, excluding the September 11 attacks.

If firefighters have responded to your property and are unable to gain access, forced entry will be necessary. Although we attempt to cause the least amount of damage, costs for repair to the damaged property may be more costly than installing a Knox-Box which prevents forced entry. The most commonly purchased Knox-Box currently used by local businesses is approximately $250. The typical steel door and frame used by commercial properties to repair could cost at least $800. To replace a window, you may be fortunate to find a cost of $250. When the cost of a Knox-Box is compared to the cost replacement of a door, lock set, or window that had to be destroyed in order to gain entry, it becomes clear that a Knox-Box is a cost effective investment in your security.

The Marion Fire Department is encouraging you to call the fire department and speak to the Captain on duty so that we can provide you with any additional information you may need, and to arrange for you to receive an order form. The Marion Fire Department does not, in any way, obtain financial profit from the sale of a Knox-Box. Further information may be obtained at, but for security reasons, applications for the purchase of a Knox-Box are unique to our department, and can only be released by our department. We hope you seriously consider purchasing this product.

Property Type $ Loss / Fire  
Public Assembly $23,293  
Eating, Drinking $21,867  
Educational $14,371  
Institutional $4,958  
Stores, Offices $31,738  
Basic Industry $45,072  
Manufacturing $55,793  
Storage $19,024  
Outside Structures $7,013