A deputy state fire marshal has been hired as fire marshal in Oak Ridge.
The selection of Travis Solomon for the Oak Ridge Fire Department post was announced Monday by Fire Chief Darryl Kerley.
Solomon was an employee of the Tennessee Fire Marshal’s office. For the past 13 years, he has served as the deputy state fire marshal in charge of fire and life safety codes for the buildings and facilities at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, a press release said.
Solomon has a bachelor’s degree in fire science from Columbia Southern University, and he has 17 years of experience in fire, rescue, and emergency medical services, having also served with the New Market Fire Department, the press release said. He is currently a captain with New Market and maintains their FireHouse software for records management and state incident reporting.
Solomon also serves as a HazMat Instructor for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, a Tennessee certified Fire Instructor I, and National Fire Protection Association Fire Inspector I.
“I am delighted to recommend this hire to our city manager (Mark Watson),” Kerley said. “Solomon is a highly talented and energetic young man who will serve the City of Oak Ridge in a professional and enthusiastic manner. He brings a wealth of diverse knowledge and technical experience to the department from his position with the State Fire Marshal’s Office.”
Solomon and his wife Nicole and daughter Brooke are planning to relocate to Oak Ridge before school starts this fall.
The fire marshal will oversee commercial building inspections, the public fire education program, fire department smoke alarm installation program, and fire investigations. Solomon’s appointment was effective Tuesday, February 16, at a salary of $63,315.20.
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