Ohio’s State Fire Marshal steps down

Ohio’s 38th State Fire Marshal, Jeff A. Hussey, has announced that as of Friday, March 13, he will be stepping down to pursue another career opportunity.

Hussey served with the state fire marshals for more than three years, beginning in August 2016, when he served as Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal before being moved to interim State Fire Marshal in May 2017. He was appointed the official State Fire Marshal two months later.

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“It has been an honor to serve Ohio’s fire service, businesses, residents and visitors over the past three-and-a-half years,” Hussey said. “I am extremely proud of our team’s many accomplishments, and I know I am leaving a strong leadership team in place to continue great work being done every day to keep Ohioans safe.”

During his time as Ohio’s fire marshal, Hussey worked to maintain strong relationships with the state’s fire services, visiting departments across the state. He also worked with other agencies to bring fire safety education to children in Amish and Mennonite communities, and oversaw grants and loan opportunities for the fire service, including a $3 million grant program to improve communication systems.

Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal William Spurgeon will serve as interim State Fire Marshal, and applications for the position will be accepted by the State Fire Council after the process is discussed on March 25.

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