It isn't easy, or glamorous, or heroic work enforcing fire codes.  We joke in the fire service that the code enforcement people - the fire marshals, the prevention officers, the fire chiefs - are the only ones in the fire department who don't get waved at with the whole hand when they drive down the street.  It's not that we're bad people, but we can be quite unpopular at times.   That's because we usually end up costing folks money trying to protect them, and the public, and our own firefighters from <span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'">their </span>carelessness, accidents, the stupidity of their neighbors or the occasional act of God.  Yet truth be known, fire prevention folks save far more lives and property from fire losses than a whole fleet of firefighters on big red trucks.