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MEDIA RELEASE Man Wanted in Berkeley County arson arrested in Maryland
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A suspect wanted on arson charges by the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office was arrested Wednesday in Maryland. ...
MEDIA RELEASE: W.Va. State Fire Marshals looking for information in Berkeley County fire
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – W.Va. State Fire Marshal’s Office investigators are asking for information from the public in regard to an arson fire that occurred last week at a Martinsburg townhouse....
MEDIA RELEASE State Fire Marshals arrest a Marion Co. man for setting three fires
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Investigators with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office have arrested David James Bowman, 27, of Fairmont, on two counts of first-degree arson and felony destruction of property stemming from fires set in Wetzel County on....
MEDIA RELEASE: W.Va. State Fire Marshals arrest Huntington man for setting fire to a business
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office investigators have arrested Creio Chance Bishop, 21, of Huntington, on second-degree arson charges stemming from an early Wednesday morning fire at a Route 60 strip club in Huntington....
Kidde Product Recall
2017 Poster Contest Winners Announced
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A panel of judges including West Virginia First Lady Cathy Justice has selected the winners of the state’s second annual Fire Safety Poster Contest, with the chosen artwork to be featured in a 2018 wall calendar....
Solar Permitting Plan Review Course
SOLAR PERMITTING PLAN REVIEW COURSE* is an interactive, in person course designed to provide a practical process for consistent plan review, with an emphasis on how to catch the most frequent installation errors....
MEDIA RELEASE: State Fire Marshals Arrest Two in Kanawha County Arson Case
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Investigators with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office arrested two individuals in Kanawha County, alleging they set fire to a residence in Sissonville to gain insurance money. ...
MEDIA RELEASE: State Fire Marshals Make Arrests in Two Mingo Arson Cases
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Investigators with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office made multiple arrests in Mingo County last week. ...
MEDIA RELEASE: Barbour County Man Admits to Setting Fires
Charleston, W.Va. – Investigators with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office have arrested a Barbour County man on arson charges....
Return of The WV State Fire School
After a 10 year hiatus I am pleased to announce the return of the WV State Fire School. ...
Fire Prevention Week 2017: Every Second Counts, Plan Two Ways Out
In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy....
West Virginia International Association of Arson Investigators Training Conference October 16th and 17th 2017
West Virginia International Association of Arson Investigators Training Conference October 16th and 17th 2017...
MEDIA RELEASE: State Fire Marshals Investigate Fire Fatality in Greenbrier Co.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office has ruled a fatal fire in Greenbrier County as accidental. ...
MEDIA RELEASE: Arson Investigation in Wayne County Leads to Arrest
CHARLESTON, W.Va. –The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office has charged a Wayne County man with arson, after he admitted to setting fire to an unoccupied Wayne County home in July. ...
Notice of Passing: Jeffrey Pittman, Sophia City Fire and Rescue Chief
Fire Chief and Paramedic Jeffrey Allen Pittman, 54 of Sophia received his final call on Friday July 14, 2017....
WV Weekend at the National Fire Academy
Class schedule and application information for West Virginia Weekend at the National Fire Academy ...
MEDIA RELEASE: ‘Safety First on the Fourth’ is the goal of the WV State Fire Marshal’s Office
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks has long been a national tradition. West Virginians heartily embrace this tradition...
MEDIA RELEASE: Arson Investigation in Mingo County Leads to Two Arrests
CHARLESTON, W.Va. –The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office has charged two people with arson, alleging they set fire to an unoccupied home in Mingo County earlier this month....
Media Release: Multi-Agency Investigation Leads to Arrest of Volunteer Firefighter
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Investigators with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office have arrested a man for his role in two fires earlier this year in Morgan County....
The West Virginia University Extension Service is seeking Extension Trainers for their Fire Service program.
The West Virginia University Extension Service is seeking Extension Trainers for their Fire Service program....
MEDIA RELEASE: Recognizing Fire Service During National Volunteer Week
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – National Volunteer Week recognizes those who offer up their time to help others. ...
MEDIA RELEASE: Kanawha County Couple Perish in House Fire
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia has suffered 23 civilian fire death so far this year following an early morning house fire Thursday that killed a Cross Lanes couple....
Firefighter Training Offered in Oak Hill
Training Being Offered in Oak Hill for Firefighters "Impact of Tactical Ventilation, High Risk, Why Engine Companies Fail, Smoke Danger" ...
Fireworks Training School To Be Held April 1st, 2017
The 2017 Shooter’s Training School presented by the Hurricane Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday April 1st, 2017 at 9:00 a.m....
MEDIA RELEASE - Information sought, reward offererd in recent Taylor County burglary-arson
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Investigators with the Office of the West Virginia State Fire Marshal are requesting information in an ongoing arson/burglary investigation in Taylor County....
MEDIA RELEASE: A Reminder to West Virginians: Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Daylight saving time starts Sunday, March 12, and it’s a good time for people to check and change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This process is quick and easy and it could save a life!...
MEDIA RELEASE: W.Va. State Fire Marshals arrest mother in January fire that killed two children
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Investigators with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office have arrested a Martinsburg woman in connection with a fire that killed her two children....
MEDIA RELEASE - State Fire Marshals Arrest One on Storage Units Arson Charges
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – On January 26, 2017, a fire occurred at Aero Self Storage, located at 3075 Beverly Pike, Elkins, WV in Randolph County. ...
MEDIA RELEASE: WV State Fire Marshals Arrest Man On Arson Charges
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Investigators from the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office have arrested a man in Jefferson County for his involvement in a New Year’s Eve fire....
MEDIA RELEASE: Warning against mixing medical oxygen, smoking
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia has suffered a number of fire-related deaths linked to smoking around medical oxygen. ...
Notice of Passing: Dale L. Clayton, Former WV Fire Commissioner
Dale Lloyd Clayton, 83, of Fairmont, passed away on Tuesday (Jan. 3, 2017) at the Fairmont Health and Rehabilitation Center. ...
MEDIA RELEASE - State Fire Marshal’s Office Sends Safety Warning Ahead of Cold Weather
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Heating-related fires are the leading cause of home fire deaths, and that has prompted a safety warning from the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office with the advent of cold weather....
Notice of Passing: Robert S. Miller, West Virginia Fire Commissioner
ROBERT S. MILLER, 86, of Glenwood, W.Va., died Sunday, January 1, 2017, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Chapman's Mortuary with Pastor Tim Shuff officiating....
MEDIA RELEASE - Tips offered for Responsible New Year's Celebrations
The start of the New Year is an exciting time, and the Office of the State Fire Marshal is reminding residents to be responsible when ringing in 2017 with fireworks....
MEDIA RELEASE - State Fire Marshals Arrest Four People on Arson Charges
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Investigators from the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office have arrested four Taylor County residents for their involvement in a July fire that destroyed a mobile home in the Thornton area of Taylor County. ...
Notice of Passing: Sterling Lewis Jr., Retired WV State Fire Marshal
Sterling T. Lewis, Jr., 65 of Hurricane, WV, left this earth peacefully surrounded by his family following a short but hard fought battle with cancer....
MEDIA RELEASE - Double Fatality in Mercer County Prompts Safety Warnings
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A residential fire in Mercer County has resulted in the deaths of two individuals late Sunday, Dec. 11....
Notice of Passing: Lee Thomas, Jackson County Fireman
Winner Announced in Fire Marshal Poster Contest
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Office of the State Fire Marshal proudly recognizes the winning and honorable mention entries in its first annual Fire Safety Poster Contest. ...
Notification of Driver Operator Pumper Pro Board Challenge
WVU-FSE is offering a Driver/Operator Pumper Pro Board Challenge at Citizens Fire Company in Charles Town, WV on 12-13 November 2016....
MEDIA RELEASE - Fire Prevention Week 2016
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Office of the State Fire Marshal is reminding West Virginians that smoke alarms have an expiration date. “Don’t wait: Check the Date!” is this year’s official theme for Fire Prevention Week, October 9-15. ...
Fire Safety Poster Contest
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is asking for your help in spreading fire safety awareness through a new, fun and creative project....
Notice of Passing: Leroy Lang, Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of a longtime volunteer firefighter in Gilmer County....
Notice of Passing: Matthew P. Jackson Retired Charleston Firefighter
Media Release - Mingo County Fatal Fire
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating a fire that happened in Mineral County early Friday, March 18, 2016 that resulted in two fatalities. ...
Daylight Savings Time
Are you ready for a fire? As we spring ahead and change our clocks for daylight saving time, the Office of the State Fire Marshal is also reminding residents to change the batteries in your smoke alarms. ...
Make Me A Firefighter Campaign
National recruitment and retention campaign to put research-based, ready-to-use tools and resources in the hands of local departments....
Vulnerability Assessment Tool
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), developed the Vulnerability Assessment Program, an online assessment tool to evaluate risks and ultimately reduce the threat of firefighter injuries and deaths....
Passing of Banks District Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Gary Bonnett
It is with very heavy hearts today that we announce the passing of Banks District Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Gary Bonnett, who passed away early this morning after a lengthy battle with cancer....
Change your Clock, Change your Batteries 2015
CHANGE YOUR CLOCK, CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES SUNDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2015 Simple home tips to protect your family from fire and carbon monoxide....
2015 Fire Marshal's Challenge to Fire Departments
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin will help West Virginia’s firefighters kick off a Read-Aloud campaign aimed at the state’s schoolchildren during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4–10, 2015....
September is National Preparedness Month
Theme: Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. September is National Preparedness Month. This year we are asking you to take action now – make a plan with your community, your family, and for your pets....
Fire Prevention Week 2015
Keep your family safe with a working smoke alarm in every bedroom. Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep? Smoke alarms save lives....