essayons wrote:Fire Marshals have arrest powers. Most are more LEO than Firefighter. Jurisdiction depends onif they are local (City, County) or VSP. Here on the Eastern Shore we don't have local Fire Marshals so VSP is called if the Command Officer on scenefeels a need for an investigator.I was out in Short Pump this evening and noticed a Henrico County "Assistant Fire Marshal" performing an inspection. He was armed with what appeared to be a Sig. Kinda surprised me as I always thought these guys were closer to a fireman than a LEO.
Are fire marshals considered Law Enforcement Officers? If so, what kind of jurisdiction do they have?
PS: This is not a anti-LEO post, I fully support fire marshals carrying, as I expect they probably have to travel in some pretty bad parts of town.