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City names Ward deputy fire chief

Justin Ward Justin Ward

Justin S. Ward, who previously held the position of fire marshal of Hendersonville, has been promoted to deputy fire chief, the city announced.

“Deputy Chief Ward is committed to public safety and serving this community,” Fire Chief D. James Miller said. “He is a great asset to this department and will bring that same level of service and professionalism to this position and to the people of our great city.”

Deputy Chief Ward joined the Hendersonville Fire Department as a part-time firefighter in 2007, having worked for the N.C. Forestry Service and Valley Hill Fire Department. In 2008 he became a full-time firefighter with the city and over the years held the ranks of engineer, lieutenant and captain and had served as the fire marshal since 2016. As fire marshal, Ward helped expand the fire department’s Life Safety Division. The division focuses on fire prevention, education, enforcement of the fire code, plans review, safety inspections, and fire investigations.

Deputy Chief Ward holds an associate of applied science degree from Blue Ridge Community College and and bachelor of science degree from Fayetteville State University. He serves as a Western Regional Board member for both the N.C. Fire Marshal’s Association and the American Red Cross. He and his wife, Lacie, have two children, Lane and Caroline.