DPS announces new State fire Marshal

Published: Sep. 8, 2017 at 11:33 AM CDT
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Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Roxann Ryan, along with Director of Investigative Operations James Saunders, announced on September 8 the selection of Acting Special Agent in Charge, Dan Wood.

State Fire Marshal Wood begins his duties on Friday as the Assistant Director/State Fire Marshal for the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

He will serve as the 14th State Fire Marshal for the state of Iowa.

“Our new State Fire Marshal has the depth and breadth of experience that will serve Iowans well,” Commissioner Ryan said. "He understands the needs of law enforcement, the fire service, and the public safety aspects of the important regulatory work the State Fire Marshal’s office performs.”

“Dan brings with him a wealth of knowledge of not only the State Fire Marshal Division, but the Fire Service as a whole,” Investigative Division Director Jim Saunders said. “His passion for members of the State Fire Marshal Division and the Fire Service has been evident throughout his career.”

State Fire Marshal Wood has an extensive background within the Iowa Department of Public Safety and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

After attending the Department of Public Safety Academy in 1997, he worked as an officer for the Capitol Police, a State Patrol Trooper in District 1 (Des Moines), and a State Fire Inspector.

He has served in temporary roles in the department’s training bureau, the Fire Service Training Bureau, and the Building Code Bureau of the State Fire Marshal’s office.

State Fire Marshal Wood has also served with the Waukee Fire Department since 2003 and holds the rank of Lieutenant.

He is both a certified firefighter and EMT, as well as a certified peace officer.

The State Fire Marshal’s office is the oldest division in the Iowa Department of Public Safety. It began as an independent agency in 1911, with the appointment of Ole O. Roe as the first State Fire Marshal, with statutory duties that focused on fire investigations.

Those duties have expanded over time to include arson and explosives investigations, fire prevention and fire inspection duties, and an array of regulatory duties designed to prevent fires and protect public safety, including development of a state building code, a state electrical code; regulation of flammable liquid above-ground storage; and licensing for alarm system contractors and installers, electricians, fire extinguishing system contractors and fireworks sellers.

The state fire training academy began in 1923 at Iowa State University, and was transferred to the Department of Public Safety’s State Fire Marshal Division in 2000.

The State Fire Marshal also compiles reports of fires to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), based on voluntary reporting from local departments, through a free, online reporting program.