Dixie State University

Fire Marshal


The campus Fire Marshal is the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) on fire and life safety code interpretation and compliance for the University. Duties include conducting fire and life safety inspections of alarm and suppression systems, review of special permits and projects – including new construction and renovations of buildings, addressing fire and life safety concerns, public education, and training.

Fire Code

As a state of Utah institution of higher learning, Dixie State University has adopted the International Fire Code. The purpose of the code is to establish the minimum requirements consistent with nationally recognized good practices for providing a reasonable level of life safety and property protection from hazards of fire, explosion, or dangerous conditions in new and existing buildings, structures or premise, and to provide safety to fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.


Permits for Events & Projects

Any University representatives or authorized agents who intend to have any of the hereafter special events or projects on campus need to comply with 105 Permit Section of the International Fire Code (IFC)…

Further Details

Tips to help the DSU Fire Marshal’s office:

Fire Marshal Inspection Checklist (pdf)

  • Properly store combustible materials.
  • Boiler, mechanical, and electrical equipment rooms are kept free from and combustible materials
  • No storage above 18” in a building that is sprinkled and 24” in a non-sprinkled building.
  • Clear area in front of fire extinguishers, electrical panels, fire alarm panels and all exits.
  • Dumpsters are not within 5 feet of combustible wall openings or under eave lines.
  • Keep fire rated doors from being wedged open.
  • No storage in stairwells and egress areas.
  • Keep the occupancy load in rooms to fire code.
  • Contact Fire Marshal’s office before any event that requires inspection.
  • No candles, candle warmers, scented plug in devices in state owned buildings.
  • Live Christmas trees are prohibited in campus buildings.
  • Do not overload circuits or use extension cords as permanent wiring.
  • Do not park in fire lanes or fire apparatus approved roadways.
  • Know emergency procedures and comply with them
  • Keep office and building space clean and free of combustibles.


Josh Thayn

Executive Director (Fire Marshal)

Email: jthayn@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-652-7855

Office: FacMan 148

Don Christensen

Fire & Life Safety Officer (Deputy Fire Marshal)

Email: Don.Christensen@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-652-7722

Office: FacMan 150