New state fire marshal hails from Louisiana

After a five-month nationwide service, Samuel P. Pierre was selected to serve as the next State of Washington Fire Marshal. Pierre comes to the state from Lafayette, Louisiana.

"In the shadow of a post 911 society the concern for homeland security and emergency services in the great state of Washington has brought me here," Pierre said. "I will not betray the trust that has been bestowed upon me."

Pierre was most recently the fire prevention chief for the City of Lafayette, where he planned, managed and conducted the city's fire prevention program, managing a budget of $500,000. He has also served as a fire inspector and fire engineer. Pierre holds a Master of public administration degree from Southern University and A&M College and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.

"Mr. Pierre has a solid background in fire service and has experience in working cooperatively with diverse groups," said Sharon Colby, chair of the Fire Protection Board. "The Fire Protection Board is looking forward to a productive relationship with Mr. Pierre."

The tenth of 10 children, Pierre is the first African-American to be appointed as Washington state's fire marshal. He succeeds Mary Corso, who resigned in May after six years of service.

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