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September 7, 2017
Fire crews from across the country show their support to firefighters in Harvey’s path
When Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast last month, firefighters were among the first to respond, rescue, and offer comfort in their communities. All while their own families and homes were facing the same dangers. A stressful situation that almost no one, other than another first responder, could imagine.

March 10, 2017
State Fire Marshal, Tyler County investigation leads to arrests after fatal fire
Joint forensic investigation work by the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office of a March 5 house fire that left one person dead has resulted in the arrest of two people.

December 13, 2016
Displaying fireworks for a group? You may need a permit
New Year’s Eve is known for parties, and it’s the second most popular times for fireworks. Did you know that a permit may be required for individuals or groups putting on a fireworks show attended by 50 people?

September 27, 2016
Two new arson dogs join state's team
Canine officers Mickey and Willie are the two latest additions to the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office. The recent arrival of the two specially trained and certified Belgian Malinois brings the elite canine team up to its full capacity of five.

August 23, 2016
Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office Lending a Hand to Louisiana
The Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office is sending teams to Louisiana in response to a request for help from a state recovering from severe flooding.

July 1, 2016
Retired fire scene dogs find lifelong homes with handlers
The dogs that help State Fire Marshal’s Office handlers detect ignitable liquids at fire scenes also share a big part of the handlers’ off-duty lives. They show up in Christmas pictures and accept challenges to play tug-a-war from family members. They are fixtures on family road trips. And in a dog’s later years, the handler’s home often becomes the dog’s retirement refuge.

June 27, 2016
State Fire Marshal Urges Caution with Fireworks
For many of us, the Fourth of July just wouldn’t be complete without fireworks. State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy warns that people often forget that fireworks are explosives – potentially dangerous chemicals and combustibles that can cause fires and injure people.

June 16, 2016
Summer Grilling Tips
There’s nothing more Texan than burgers and barbecue on a summer day. Follow these tips to make sure your cookout is a safe one.

June 14, 2016
Lubbock Insurance Agent Arrested in Scam Targeting Elderly Clients
Investigators with the Texas Department of Insurance and the Lubbock Police Department are trying to determine if there are other victims of an annuity scam involving a Lubbock Insurance agent. Joseph Allen Gaines was arrested last month on charges that he kept clients’ money that was intended to be used to purchase annuities.

April 5, 2016
Commissioner Mattax appoints three to Surplus Lines Stamping Office Board of Directors
AUSTIN – Insurance Commissioner David Mattax has appointed three members to serve on the board of directors of the Surplus Lines Stamping Office for terms to expire December 31, 2018. The board reviews and evaluates the eligibility of surplus lines insurance contracts and insurers in Texas.

December 11, 2015
International Group Lauds Texas State Fire Marshal’s Review of Arson Cases
AUSTIN – The International Association of Arson Investigators has recognized the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office for its approach to reviewing fire science used in past arson convictions to make sure it meets current standards and is calling on other states to follow the Texas model.

October 22, 2015
Division of Workers’ Compensation Offers Educational Seminar for Medical Office Staff November 18th in Houston
AUSTIN, TX — The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) and the University of Houston (UH) Small Business Development Center offer an educational seminar, Texas Workers’ Compensation 101 for Medical Office Staff, at the Lone Star College-North Harris Student Services Building, 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive on November 18, 2015. The seminar will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with lunch provided. The registration fee is $99 online or $119 for walk-in registration.

October 6, 2015
SFMO Arson Lab Receives International Accreditation
AUSTIN - The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board has granted international accreditation to the forensic arson laboratory at the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office. The recognition follows a thorough review of the lab’s technical and management performance.

July 1, 2015
Fireworks Safety Tips for Texans
AUSTIN – Celebrating July 4th with fireworks is a national tradition, and the Texas state fire marshal says common-sense tips are the key to a fun and safe holiday.

May 22, 2015
State Fire Marshal and Lubbock Fire Marshal’s Office Host Two Discussion Series in Lubbock
LUBBOCK, TX – The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) and the Lubbock Fire Marshal’s Office will host two discussions on May 27, 2015 in Lubbock.

May 8, 2015
Media Advisory: State Fire Marshal’s Office and Richardson Fire Department Host Fire Investigation Forum
RICHARDSON, TX – The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) and the Richardson Fire Department will host the May Fire Investigation Forum. The forum topic will be Fire Analysis Tools for Fire Investigators. Dr. John DeHaan and Dr. Dave Icove will be presenting.

May 4, 2015
AUSTIN – The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is joining the United States Fire Administration and countless local fire departments in observing Arson Awareness Week, May 3-9, 2015. This year’s theme focuses on the important contributions of Accelerant Detection Canines (ADC).

April 20, 2015
MEDIA ADVISORY – APRIL 22, 2015 State Fire Marshal and Pearland Fire Marshal’s Office Host Two Discussion Series in Pearland
PEARLAND, TX – The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) and the Pearland Fire Marshal’s Office will host two discussions on April 22, 2015 in Pearland.

March 30, 2015
Media Advisory: State Fire Marshal and Longview Fire Marshal's Office Host Two Discussion Series in Longview
LONGVIEW, TX – The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) and the Longview Fire Marshal’s Office will host two discussions on April 1, 2015 in Longview.

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