Nebraska State Fire Marshal John Falgione is retiring. Gov. Dave Heineman announced the retirement Monday and said the Falfione's last day will be December 28.
"John has been an excellent Fire Marshal, and we wish him the best in retirement," said Gov. Heineman. "John's 35 years of experience in fire services has been of great value to the people of Nebraska. He is to be commended for his public service."
Falgione said, "I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to work so closely with the fire service and rescue community in Nebraska for so many years. There is no question our combined efforts have and will continue to save many lives every year."
While in office Falgione assisted in the implementation of online applications for permits, licenses and other forms for both industries and private citizens.
He also helped expand the fire prevention program of the Fire Marshal's Agency with a new fire prevention trailer and programs to students about fire prevention and safety, coordinated with others to revise firework laws for the state, and participated in the transition to a statewide interoperability communication system.
Falgione served on the Nebraska Propane Education and Research Safety Council, Nebraska Safety Center, Southeast Community College Fire Protection, and DOL Conveyance Advisory committees, and more.
He has also interacted and assisted in fire prevention and fire safety education through the National State Fire Marshal's Association, Nebraska Fire Chiefs Association, the Municipal Fire Chiefs Association, and the Nebraska State Volunteer Firefighters Association. The agency supports Nebraska State Fire School that trains over 1,200 firefighters every year.