The Jackson Township Fire Department has revived its fire marshal position to more fairly share an increasing workload.

The Jackson Township Fire Department has revived its fire marshal position to more fairly share an increasing workload.

Fire inspector Scott Burris has been promoted to fire marshal, with the task of leading the fire prevention bureau, a job that had been combined with the duties of EMS coordinator.

Capt. Bill Dolby will focus on coordinating the department's EMS operations while Burris handles the fire-prevention duties.

With an increased number of fire and emergency runs, building inspections and public education efforts, including CPR classes, "the combined duties have become too much for one person to handle," fire Chief Randy Little said.

Burris was sworn in as fire marshal at the June 28 township trustees meeting.

As fire marshal, Burris said, his tasks will include coordinating the department's schedule of fire inspection work.

"We inspect every business in Jackson Township, Grove City and Urbancrest each year," he said. "That's more than 1,400 inspections. It's an average of at least three a day."

"Scott will be coordinating things to make sure that work is shared in a fair and balanced way," Little said.

The fire marshal's duties also include overseeing public education programs such as the twice-weekly CPR classes the department holds and fire safety lessons in the schools.

"Interacting with the public -- I love it," Burris said. "Our goal is to be proactive in increasing the safety of our community, and the fire inspections, CPR classes and fire safety programs are all part of that effort."

He has been part of the Jackson Township department since 2004.

"My dad was a retired firefighter, and it was always something I wanted to do growing up," Burris said.

Little said Burris emerged as an ideal choice for the re-established fire marshal position.

"From all the applicants we interviewed, Scott stood out displaying strong leadership ability, a positive attitude and a desire to serve the public in anyway he can," he said.

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