About Us

Joe Velten, Director

The department of Emergency Management/ Services develops and maintains the Township’s emergency operation plans and standard operating procedures for disaster relief. In the event of an emergency in Warminster, the Township appointed Emergency Management Coordinator conducts inspections of damaged areas, assists with equipment, coordinates supplies and response efforts.

The Emergency Management/Services department is also responsible for conducting plan reviews and inspections of fire alarm, sprinkler systems, and other fire safety systems. Fire and life safety inspections are also conducted when new businesses move into town and on an annual basis. When a fire occurs, the department will work with the Police and Volunteer Fire Departments to determine how a fire started.

For a list of fees for the inspection program, permits, or fines, please click here to view.


The most dangerous part of any fire is the smoke. That is why smoke detectors are essential for early warning of a fire in your home. You should have one smoke detector on every level and one smoke detector in every bedroom in your house. Be sure to test them regularly to ensure they work. Smoke detectors now come with many features such as voices, different languages, flashing lights, wireless interconnection, hardwired inter-connection, battery powered, and carbon monoxide alarm. Make sure you are alerted before it is too late.


How will an Ambulance find your house? How can a police officer respond to your call? Your ADDRESS NEEDS to be clearly visible from the street, in number form, at least 4” high, and in a contrasting color from the background. Help us find you.


Can you hear all of your smoke detectors from anywhere in your home, especially from your bedroom when you are sleeping?

  • Detecting and alerting everyone in the home of the earliest presence of smoke is the surest way to preventing a fire fatality.
  • If you have to wait until the smoke reaches the smoke detector in your room to alert you – IT’S TOO LATE!
  • In today’s modern world, smoke detectors can be interconnected with wires or can communicate wirelessly.
  • The earliest warning of smoke will provide the greatest amount of time to escape.
  • The earliest warning of smoke may allow time to eliminate the source of the smoke, before it becomes a fire.


  • In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Be sure all are in working order!
  • You should plan and practice a fire drill in your home for your family. When you are in an emergency there is no time to panic, seconds count. Plan and practice how you will get out of your home, a secondary way out, and a safe place to meet.
  • Once you get out – Don’t go back in! Firefighters will let you know when and if it is safe to return.
  • Fire can be deadly – share this video series with your family and practice safe evacuation: https://warminstertownship.org/download/fire-video-links/?wpdmdl=7948

Starting in 2019

The Fire Marshal’s office has started its annual Fire Prevention & Life Safety Inspection program for 2019. Close to 1000 businesses in Warminster Township will be inspected for fire prevention and life safety features during the year. We are using a new tablet based program that will provide a report to the business owner as soon as the inspection is completed. The “answer key” to our inspection checklist is posted on our website. All fees are based on square footage or type of occupancy and posted on the website. After the initial fire inspection is completed, an invoice will be mailed and a re-inspection date scheduled if there are any violations.  Please click here for a sample fire inspection check list.