News

F.C. Council Takes Fire Marshal ‘In House’ For 1st Time

thomaspolerafiremarshalAfter years of having the City of Falls Church be served by the fire marshal of Arlington County, the City of Falls Church moved decisively to take the role “in house” with a unanimous vote by the F.C. City Council to retain veteran fire investigator Thomas Polera for the position tonight. The Council also voted $50,000 for a new vehicle for the new fire marshal’s operations.

After years of having the City of Falls Church be served by the fire marshal of Arlington County, the City of Falls Church moved decisively to take the role “in house” with a unanimous vote by the F.C. City Council to retain veteran fire investigator Thomas Polera for the position tonight. The Council also voted $50,000 for a new vehicle for the new fire marshal’s operations.

thomaspolerafiremarshal

Thomas Polera

According to a press statement issued by the City of F.C. today, “The City has contracted with Arlington County Fire Department for fire marshal services for many years, and will continue to receive some fire marshal services support from Arlington. The appointment of a new fire marshal is part of a restructuring to combine the City’s fire marshal duties with the City’s emergency management function in the police department.”

The statement added, quoting City Manager Wyatt Shields, “This restructuring will increase the efficiency of building and fire code enforcement for businesses and residents in the City. This position will also expand the City’s capabilities for effective coordinated emergency management.”

The appointee, Polera, has over 30 years of experience in fire services, most recently as a senior fire investigator with Global Forensic Investigations. He also served as the investigations commander with the Arlington County Fire Mashal’s office, and as a Fire/EMS Captain with the Arlington County Fire Department. He currently serves on the board for the Virginia chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators, and is the training coordinator for the Northern Virginia Joint Committee on Fire and Arson Investigation.

Shields told the City Council tonight that, even with the $50,000 allocation for a fire marshal’s vehicle, the taking of the position “in house” is a revenue-neutral move.

 

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*