Cumberland Times-News

August 17, 2013

Geraci new Md. state fire marshal

Appointee is 30-year emergency services veteran

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— PIKESVILLE — Brian S. Geraci was named the new Maryland state fire marshal, according to Maryland State Police Col. Marcus L. Brown.

Geraci, 56, appointed to a six-year term, replaces William E. Barnard, who has served in the position since 2001.

The office is an agency of the Maryland State Police.

Geraci has more than 40 years’ experience as a fire service professional. He spent more than 30 years with the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. He spent 21 of those years in the Office of Fire Marshal prior to his retirement in 2006 as a battalion chief, assigned to the county’s Homeland Security Department. He finished the last 12 years of his career in Montgomery County as the assistant fire marshal.

Upon retirement, Geraci continued his dedication to fire safety and prevention with a transition into the private sector and serving on the Maryland State Fire Prevention Commission. Until 2009, he traveled the nation working private fire investigations for numerous organizations throughout the country. In June 2010, Geraci accepted a position with the Office of Emergency Management in Arlington County, Va. Ten months later he transferred to the fire department as the coordinator for the Bomb Squad Unit.

“Brian Geraci brings an abundance of professional fire service and administrative experience with him to the important position of State Fire Marshal,” Gov. Martin O’Malley said.

“As state fire marshal, Bill Barnard has faithfully and effectively served the people of Maryland for 12 years,” Brown said.  “It was a challenge to find someone with his extensive qualifications and leadership skills. Brian Geraci is highly qualified as a fire service professional and will undeniably lead the Office of the State Fire Marshal in its continued success of providing Marylanders with quality fire protection services.”

The selection process for a new state fire marshal began earlier this year when the position was advertised. Candidate resumes were reviewed by the State Fire Prevention Commission. The top candidates were forwarded to Brown, who completed the selection process.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is responsible for statewide fire, arson and explosive investigations, enforcement of the State Fire Prevention Code, coordination of fire prevention efforts and the collection of fire incident data. Geraci will oversee the operation of 65 employees, including more than 40 deputy state fire marshals.