Building & Fire Safety

IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY, CALL 911
Questions?

Contact Richard Firebaugh richard.firebaugh@unl.edu,  Code Official (402) 472-3652 

Building a Secure Place to Learn, Teach, Work, and Live.

Building & Fire Safety is dedicated to providing the highest level of building-related life safety and building code enforcement for the campus community and all who interact with it.  In doing so, we enforce State Fire Code laws and work to ensure that the University receives positive return on all construction investments. Our work involves monitoring every aspect of our changing skyline and interior environment, ranging in scale from the smallest remodel to landmark structures.

The Building & Fire Safety group provides a full range of Code required inspections for the University community and serves as the code authority at the campus for State Fire, Building and Life Safety Codes.  Our core responsibilities include:

  • Delegated Authority of the Nebraska State Fire Marshal
  • Authority Having Jurisdiction per the Nebraska State Building Act
  • Plan review for NFPA 101 & IBC compliance
  • Inspection of installed building components for NFPA 101 & IBC Compliance
  • Inspection and testing of Fire Sprinkler systems
  • Inspection and testing of Fire Alarm systems
  • Final building inspection and acceptance, including emergency generators, tanks and other special conditions
  • Oversight of periodic tests
  • Fire investigation and reporting
  • Investigation of complaints
  • Building assessments, including development of Fire Safety Planning & Plans of Correction
  • Event approval, including fireworks and any use of flame effects
  • Education and outreach

For further information regarding events, permits, inspections, etc. and FAQs, please refer to quick links menu above.

The Building & Fire Safety staff consists of:

Richard Firebaugh; Fire Marshal & Building Code Official

  • Manager of Building & Fire Safety
  • Nebraska State Fire Marshal Delegated Authority
  • Plans Examiner

Bruce Neemann; Fire Inspector

  • Alarms and Sprinkler Review and Inspection
  • Deficiency Reporting
  • Investigation

John Ballue; Building Inspector

  • Structural, Plumbing & HVAC Inspection
  • Quality Assurance

Mike Huerta; Building Inspector

  • Structural, Plumbing & HVAC Inspection
  • Quality Assurance

Katie Marker; Building Inspector

  • Structural, Plumbing & HVAC Inspection
  • Quality Assurance

Phil Haake; Building Inspector

  • Structural, Plumbing & HVAC Inspection
  • Quality Assurance

To report a safety concern, request assistance with event planning, need information, or ask a question, please contact  buildsafe@unl.edu.