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BISMARCK, ND – Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has appointed Douglas Nelson of Fargo as the new State Fire Marshal. Nelson has been a firefighter since 2002 and has served with the Fargo Fire Department for many years, most recently as a fire inspector and investigator.
“I am honored to have been selected as the state’s Fire Marshal. I am looking forward to improving fire safety throughout the state, and developing the state’s existing resources to better serve the firefighting community and the public,” said Nelson, who has spent his first days on the job meeting with employees, fire chiefs, and other fire prevention officials throughout the state.
Nelson was recommended by a committee comprised of representatives from state and local law enforcement agencies and fire departments, who conducted a lengthy interview with the applicants before making the final recommendation to Attorney General Stenehjem. The State Fire Marshal’s office is a division of the Attorney General’s office. Among its many duties, the division handles arson investigations and is responsible for fire safety inspections of schools, day care facilities, restaurants and public buildings. Nelson’s appointment took effect on March 19, 2018.
“With over fifteen years of experience as a firefighter and several years as an arson investigator and instructor, Doug has both the managerial skills and the hands-on practical expertise to lead the Fire Marshal’s division. His excellent professional reputation preceded him, and the interview committee was impressed to learn that Doug was encouraged to apply for the position by the Chief of his own fire department,” said Stenehjem.
Nelson graduated from Hopkins High School, obtained a Bachelor of Science from Minnesota State University, Mankato and his Master of Science Degree in Public Safety Executive Leadership from St. Cloud State University. Nelson joined the Mankato Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter in 2002. In 2005, Doug joined the Fargo Fire Department and in 2011 he became a Fire Instructor. Since 2013, Nelson has been a Fire Inspector and arson investigator with the Fargo FD. Nelson is a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators and has served as the North Dakota Chapter’s President since 2014. Nelson is a certified fire marshal through the International Code Council and a certified fire investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators. Nelson is married and has four children.
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