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City fire marshal appointed to state board

Hendersonville Fire Marshal Justin Ward has been named the western representative for the North Carolina Fire Marshals Association Board of Directors.

Ward was nominated by City of Asheville Deputy Marshal Jeff Payne and was voted in by the North Carolina Fire Marshals Association state membership at a quarterly meeting on Nov. 20 in Chatham County.

“I’m extremely proud of Fire Marshal Ward and his commitment to life safety and the betterment of not only the City of Hendersonville, but the entire state,” Hendersonville Fire Chief Joseph Vindigni said in a news release.

Ward’s position on the board of directors will allow him to connect with regional fire inspection, prevention and investigation professionals and further the mission of saving life and property through fire prevention across the state, as well as here at home in Hendersonville. His appointment takes effect on Jan. 1.

Hired as a city firefighter in 2008, Ward rose through the ranks of engineer, lieutenant and captain before he was named fire marshal in 2016.