• Fire Marshal

  • Community Risk Reduction Division Director/Fire Marshal:
    Stephen Hrustich

    Stephen Hrustich
    p: 678.518.4960
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    Community Risk Reduction Division Director/Fire Marshal : Stephen Hrustich

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    In 1984, Stephen started his career in New York State where he served at every level within the organizational structure, progressing through the ranks to serve as fire chief his last 7 years. He is an experienced course developer and instructor for the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD. In 2012, Stephen joined the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services as Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal for the Community Risk Reduction (CRR) Division.

    Stephen earned an AS in Fire Science and a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics from Binghamton University and also holds a MS in Executive Fire Leadership and Emergency Management from Grand Canyon University. He is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy and was awarded the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation from the Center of Public Safety Excellence in 2013.



Contact Information
Email: firemarshal@gwinnettcounty.com
Address:408 Hurricane Shoals NE, Lawrenceville, GA  30046

Outdoor Burn Ban In Effect From May 1 through September 30

All types of outdoor/open burning are prohibited in Gwinnett County. In accordance with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources ban on open burning, 54 counties in Georgia (including Gwinnett) are responsible for complying with the state-issued burn ban from May 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015. 

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) imposes an annual ban on outdoor burning to comply with Federal Clean Air Regulations. During the summer months in Georgia, the ozone in the air we breathe can reach unhealthy levels. The EPD has identified outdoor/open burning as a significant contributor of the pollutants that form ozone. Consequently, open burning in metro Atlanta and larger counties is restricted during the warm weather season.

 The safe and cautious use of residential grills for outdoor cooking is still allowed and does not require a permit. The use of grills on the balcony of apartment buildings is totally prohibited under the Gwinnett County Fire Ordinance.

The following types of outdoor/open burning are banned:

  • You may not burn trees, limbs, or any other yard waste. This includes a ban on the use of air curtain destructors for land clearing.

The following types of outdoor/open burning are still allowed, provided the proper permits are obtained:

  • Fires for agricultural practices zoned RA-200/residential agricultural or a forestry service prescribed burn.
  • Fires for the purpose of training of firefighting personnel.
  • Permits are required for all Bonfires for activities sponsored by: educational, civic, religious or other groups for the purpose of celebration. (Contact Fire Plan Review for Permits at 678-518-6000 or Go to www.gwinnettcounty.com –Departments - Planning and Development - Plan Review Sections - Fire Plan Review)

For additional information, please contact the Gwinnett Fire Community Risk Reduction Division/Fire Marshal’s Office at 678.518.4980 or go to the website at www.gwinnettfiremarshal.com.

Community Risk Reduction
The Community Risk Reduction Division is responsible for fire investigations, fire inspections, and fire code enforcement within the county. This division also investigates citizen complaints regarding fire and life safety hazards and enforces compliance with state and county burning regulations.

Prevention and Enforcement is responsible for fire code inspections, new construction inspections, compliance inspections, and high risk occupancies. To schedule your inspection, please follow the instructions listed below in the Prevention and Enforcement section. All inspections must be scheduled using the automated system.

The Education section handles all public education, including fire and life safety courses, CPR and first aid, and station tours.  This Section also coordinates partnerships with communities and businesses to further the goals of reducing risk in the community.

Fire Investigations is responsible for investigating all arson cases during and after fires. All fire investigators are certified Fire/Arson Investigators as well as certified Peace Officers.

Notice Of New Fee Schedule
Beginning January 1, 2011, the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services’ Community Risk Reduction division (Fire Marshal’s Office) will begin assessing a re-inspection fee for all failed inspections. For more information, please review the following documents.

Notice of Fees
Signed Amendment to Fee Schedule

Pay Re-inspection Fees

Gwinnett County Fire Prevention & Life Safety Ordinance
The Community Risk Reduction Division uses the following codes: March 20, 2012, Fire Prevention and Protection Ordinance, the current edition of the NFPA Codes and Standards as adopted and modified by the State Fire Marshal, NFPA 101 Life Safety Code 2000 Edition, International Fire Code 2006 Edition, OCGA Titles 25, and 30 Georgia Accessibility Code.

Gwinnett County Fire Prevention and Protection Ordinance (PDF)
Prevention & Enforcement

Requesting a Fire Inspection/Reporting a Fire Code Violation 

Fire inspections scheduled prior to 2:00pm will be scheduled the following business day as determined by inspection volume for that day.

Fire inspections scheduled after 2:00pm will receive second-day service as determined by inspection volume for that day. 

Request a Fire Inspection or report a Fire Code violation Online 

Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services provides citizens, businesses, and visitors, access to our online service that includes requesting a fire inspection or reporting a fire code violation 24 hours-a-day, seven (7) days-a-week with minimum down time for site maintenance. 

Gwinnett County Online Services
Citizen Access User Guide (PDF)

Interactive Voice Response Inspection Request System (IVR)

Fire Inspections can be requested over the phone. The Gwinnett County Automated Inspection Request System (IVR) is available 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week. Please call 678.518.6277 to schedule an inspection. Please follow the link below and view the user manual to assist you in scheduling your inspection with ease. Included in the manual are codes that will shorten your time to schedule the inspection.

Interactive Voice Response Inspection Request System (IVR) User Manual (PDF)

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