Mississippi Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney has promoted Deputy Fire Coordinator Brad Smith to the position of state fire coordinator.
The state fire coordinator works with volunteer and career fire departments to improve fire protection capabilities throughout the state, particularly in rural areas. In addition, the coordinator administers the Rural Fire Truck Acquisition Assistance Program, which provides matching grants up to $70,000 for fire truck purchases in rural areas.
Smith joined the fire marshal’s office in November, 2009 as the deputy fire coordinator. Prior to joining the fire marshal’s office, he served as the county fire coordinator and emergency management director for Chickasaw county for 20 years and was a member of the Houston Fire Department from 1983- 2009.