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January 18, 2020

Interim Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Ben Blanton
Updated On: Jan 09, 2020

Chief Blanton is an 24 year veteran of the fire service.  After finding his passion for the fire service while volunteering for the Red Oak Fire Department in the mid 90’s, he joined the Atlanta Texas Fire Department full time in 1997. In 1998 he joined the Rowlett Fire Department as a Firefighter/Paramedic where he worked his worked his way up to Driver/Engineer, Arson Investigator, and Fire Inspector.  On his days off from shift work he was an instructor at Navarro College Fire Academy and the Fire Science Protection Technology Program Coordinator.  Mr. Blanton grew up in Red Oak and has been married for 15 years with a 13 year old daughter.
Mr. Blanton holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Officer from Navarro College.  He is also a Master Police Officer, Law Enforcement Instructor, and Firearms Instructor.  His fire certifications include Master Firefighter, Master Fire Inspector, Master Arson Investigator, Master Fire Service Instructor III, Driver/Operator, Incident Safety Officer, Fire Officer IV, and EMT-Paramedic.

Areas of Responsibility
Fire Marshal
• Manage all aspect of Fire Marshal Division
• Manage and coordinate fire prevention activities
• Manage and coordinate public education and awareness programs
• Manage and coordinate fire inspections
• Conduct new construction, building, fire alarm & sprinkler plan reviews
• Coordinate and manage pre-incident planning
• Oversee all fire investigations
• TCOLE Compliance
• Fleet Maintenance
• New hire process
• Promotional process
• Internal Affairs investigations
• Department Budget

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