Fire Marshal Unit

Michigan State University follows the codes developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). NFPA 101-Life Safety Code is the most utilized code that regulates the life safety of building occupants. Codes developed by the State Bureau of Fire Services (BFS) regulate new construction in buildings containing classrooms and Resident Hall buildings. This office coordinates with BFS on these projects.

MSU Police currently have two officers assigned to this unit. Both are certified state Fire Inspectors. They are charged with all aspects of fire safety for Michigan State University properties both on campus and off-campus research facilities except for the suppression of active fires. The East Lansing Fire Department is responsible for the suppression of active fires. This office also reviews placement and inspections of portable fire extinguishers on campus.

The duties of this office include the following:

  • Building Fire Safety Inspections
  • Arson and Fire Investigations
  • New construction and remodel plan review
  • Special event fire safety planning
  • Pyrotechnic approval
  • Outdoor burn permits
  • General consultation on fire safety/code issues
  • Coordination with State Bureau of Fire Services on new construction projects
  • Clery fire reporting
  • Monitoring fire safety in Resident Hall operations
  • Inspection of special events and crowd occupancy issues
  • Consultation with Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF) on issues of fire engineering, construction, and testing of building life safety systems.
  • Portable fire extinguisher placement and inspection

Useful Links


Michigan Bureau of Fire Services

East Lansing Fire Department

Fire Safety Training 2017

Contact Information

Denis Zietlow
Office: 517-432-1587

Thomas Miller
Office: 517-432-7932

Fire Marshal Unit Members

Fire Marshal Zietlow

Fire Marshal Zietlow

Fire Marshal Miller

Fire Marshal Miller