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Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli
Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli
Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli receives state honor (Photo) - 11/02/18

Vancouver, Wash. – On Oct. 25, the Washington State Association of Fire Marshals named Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli the 2018 Washington State Fire Marshal of the Year. The award is the highest honor given to local fire marshals in the state.

Scarpelli has a 27-year career with the City of Vancouver and has served as fire marshal since 2011. As Vancouver’s fire marshal, she manages a team responsible for fire code enforcement and development review, fire and arson investigations, and community education and outreach about fire and life safety.

Scarpelli is a 2018 graduate of the 4-year Executive Fire Officer program offered at the United States National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland, which provides senior officers in key leadership roles with the skills needed to transform fire and emergency services organizations from being reactive to proactive and to reflect the diversity of America's communities.

Earlier this year, Scarpelli was one of four fire officials selected to present a progressive fire code enforcement initiative for Vision 20/20 in Virginia. Vision 20/20 is a nationally recognized agency known for standardizing progressive fire prevention strategies in fire and life safety.

Scarpelli has also championed a community risk reduction program in Vancouver called Project HomeSafe. The program’s goal is to eliminate potential fire ignition sources in homes, like cigarettes, candles and unattended cooking, using current risk analysis data and fire safety education best practices. This “boots on the ground” project sends Fire Marshal’s Office staff and FireCorps citizen volunteers out into the community, where they conduct in-home fire and life safety education visits, and install smoke alarms in high-risk homes. 

"Heidi has carried a vision for enhanced and more effective fire prevention strategies throughout her career, and she is now leading by partnering with educational institutions to validate the efficacy of our fire prevention programs,” said Vancouver Fire Chief Joe Molina.

“I am honored to receive this award, and I take great pride in this acknowledgment for my efforts to strengthen and promote fire prevention programs,” said Scarpelli. “I share this award with my team at the Fire Marshal’s Office. The positive impacts of our work in the community are the direct result of their true dedication and commitment to improving fire and life safety for the citizens of Vancouver.”

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