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    Assistant Chief Stephen Hrustich

    Assistant Chief Stephen Hrustich
    p: 678.518.4960
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    Community Risk Reduction Division Director/Fire Marshal : Assistant Chief 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 holds both the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and Fire Marshal (FM) designations from the Center of Public Safety Excellence.


Contact Information
Main: 678.518.4980
Fax: 678.518.4901
Address: 408 Hurricane Shoals NE, Lawrenceville, GA  30046
OUTDOOR BURN LINE:  678-518-4979
Burn Day Information

No Outdoor Burning of yard debris from
May 1 through September 30.

For information on the Summer Open Burning Ban reference the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) at the website below.

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
Online Services User Guide (PDF)


Effective April 1, 2018, the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) System currently used for scheduling inspection will be permanently taken out of service primarily because it no longer meets the current industry security standards. Current IVR customers are encouraged to begin scheduling inspections online which is considerably more expedient and user-friendly.

Inspections can be scheduled online at the department E-Services webpages ( with a personal computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. A printed copy of inspections for scheduling inspections online can be download on the E-Services webpages or obtained at the Department of Planning and Development.

To assist further, training sessions are being scheduled at the Department of Planning and Development from January to June 2018 on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 2 – 3 p.m.  Walk-in attendees are welcome and a reservation is not required.

Customers can also request assistance with scheduling inspection online:

  • For building inspection, contact Department of Planning and Development staff at (678) 518-6002 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday – Friday).
  • For fire inspections, contact the Fire Marshal’s office at (678) 518-4980 Opt. 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday – Friday).

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