Pullman Fire Department
Bureau of Fire Prevention - Profile
|Whether it is plan reviews, inspections, investigations or teaching, Pullman’s Fire Prevention Officer, Richard Dragoo will find these duties on his assignment list.
Richard joined the Pullman Fire Department in 1973 and was promoted to Captain / Fire Prevention Officer on Jan. 11, 1992. Since that day, the list of duties continues to grow as the city has grown. Plans for all new buildings proposed within the city are reviewed by Officer Dragoo for conformance to the International Fire Code, applicable City Codes and State Codes. He also reviews plans for fire suppression systems and fire alarm systems to assure code compliance. After the plans receive a thorough examination, Officer Dragoo then follows up at the building site for compliance with the approved plans.
Fire Prevention Officer
Officer Dragoo is the primary fire investigator for cause and origin on accidental fires. If arson is suspected, Dragoo then works closely with a member of the Pullman Police Department in a joint investigation of the fire. He even responds to outside agencies for fire investigations when requested as part of mutual aid. Officer Dragoo can also be found counseling juvenile fire setters to change their behavior prior to or post juvenile court sentencing.
Officer Dragoo is a member of the Washington State Fire Marshals, National Fire Protection Association, International Code Council, International Association of Arson Investigators, and a certified Fire Code Inspector I & II. Officer Dragoo attends seminars to keep his code and investigative skills sharp. He has taken multiple courses in basic and advance fire and arson investigations, vehicle fire investigations, and inspection courses to keep current on fire and building codes.
“I like to use the word ‘we’ when talking to clients about a code violation or a problem rather than carrying the heavy stick of enforcement,” Officer Dragoo said. “I find when you take this approach, one in which you educate the client, you have far better response.”
When Richard is off duty, you may find him swimming with the masters swim club or serving as an assistant scout master with the Boy Scouts. He also enjoys riding around the Palouse on his motorcycle.