Jay Brooks stepped into the role of Smith County Fire Marshal this morning, after being sworn into office by County Judge Joel Baker in the Smith County Commissioners Court.
Brooks, 38, previously served as a Lindale police officer and is a former Assistant Fire Marshal for the County. He was selected for the post after County Fire Marshal of 15 years, Jim Seaton, passed away in April.
"There is a legacy in this office that I am so lucky to get to carry forward," Brooks said following the ceremony.
Brooks is a 13-year veteran of firefighting and has six years of certified fire investigator experience. Brooks served on a volunteer basis with the Smith County Fire Marshal's office from 2008 to 2013. He also holds multiple certifications as a fire/arson investigator, inspector, peace officer, and private investigator and has logged more than 1,000 hours of fire, rescue, and EMT-B training in addition to his investigative training.
"This isn't just a career to me," said Brooks. "This is a calling."
Duties of the Smith County Fire Marshal's Office include enforcing all state and county regulations related to fire or explosions, inspecting structures for fire hazards, investigating the cause, origin, and circumstances of each fire that occurs within the county that destroys or damages property, coordinating various county firefighting units and executing a workable emergency management plan for emergency services, shelter, and food for the citizens of Smith County in the event of a disaster.