Fire Inspections

Inspection Checklists

Plan Review

Plan reviews range from complex development plans to any proposed fire-protection system. Fire Inspectors confirm that the proposed construction is in compliance with the Fire Code. The Fire Marshal's Office certifies (reviews and approves) plans. These certifications protect public safety in the City of Rio Rancho and directly affect a number of businesses, industry professionals, storage, and residential businesses. 


The Fire Prevention Division completes approximately 1,500 fire inspections annually. To schedule a fire inspection or final fire, please call or email Fire Marshal James Wenzel, at (505) 891-5924 or    


All fire inspectors have received specialized training to conduct fire investigations. Specialized courses have been taken at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland:

•    Fire/Arson Origin & Cause Determination

•    Interviewing/Interrogation Techniques & Courtroom Testimony

•    Electrical Aspects of Fire Investigation

•    Fire Investigation: Forensic Evidence 

  1. James Wenzel

    Fire Marshal