Fire Inspector's Office
The fire prevention division is complied of the Fire Investigations, Fire Inspectors Office, and the Public Education Prevention Program.
Fire Inspector Mike Oakley is certified by the Tennessee Fire and Codes Enforcement Academy as a Fire/Building Inspector. Oakley conducts all commercial business fire inspections throughout the city. He verifies that the businesses within the city limits conform to the fire codes and that buildings are safe.
He also oversees the maintenance and assists with repairs on the city's flood warning system, and responds to fire and EMS emergencies as needed.
Although the Inspectors have individual roles throughout the department, they work closely with each other and the Building and Planning Departments to complete each inspection. Inspections include sprinkler systems, stand pipe systems, and life safety issues. The inspectors are also responsible for insuring that businesses comply with the property maintenance codes.
Fire Inspector Brooks Wilson began his career with the Gatlinburg Fire Department in August 2007 as a Firefighter/EMT. Brooks joined the Inspectors office in January 2015. He is certified by the International Code Council and the Tennessee Fire and Codes Enforcement Academy as a Fire Inspector 1. Brooks is also a licensed Paramedic. His role in the inspectors division is to inspect all of the overnight rental properties to ensure that they are compliant with the city's fire codes and the proper safety equipment is in place. He also responds to fire, rescue, and EMS emergencies as needed. _______________________________________________________________________________
Daniel Lindbert is certified by the State of Tennessee's Fire Marshall's Office as an Arson Investigator and is also certified by Tennessee's Fire Codes Enforcement Agency as an Inspector. Lindbert is an experienced law enforcement officer and is P.O.S.T. certified.
Lindbert conducts tourist residency fire inspections throughout the city. He verifies that the rental properties within the city limits conform to the fire codes and that buildings are safe.
In the event of a fire, Lindbert is the lead Arson/Fire Investigator. Additionally, the Fire Chief has developed a Fire Investigation Task Force to help conduct investigations in a timely and efficient manner.
The Fire Investigation Task Force is made up of about ten people including the Fire Investigator. Where only two of the ten people are certified fire investigators, the other eight people train monthly on topics such as introduction to fire investigation, arson detection, pour patterns and fire fatalities. When there is a fire in the city, the task force forms to help collect evidence and investigate the fire scene.