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      Nebraska State Fire Marshal Set to Retire

      Nebraska State Fire Marshal John Falgione is retiring. Gov. Dave Heineman announced the retirement Monday and said the Falfione's last day will be December 28.

      "John has been anexcellent Fire Marshal, and we wish him the best in retirement," said Gov.Heineman. "John's 35 years of experience in fire services has been of greatvalue to the people of Nebraska. He is to be commended for his public service."

      Falgione said, "I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to work soclosely with the fire service and rescue community in Nebraska for so manyyears. There is no question our combined efforts have and will continue to savemany lives every year."

      While in office Falgione assisted in the implementation of online applications for permits, licenses and other forms for both industries and private citizens.

      He also helped expand the fire prevention program of the Fire Marshal's Agency with a new fire prevention trailer and programs to students about fire prevention and safety, coordinated with others to revise firework laws for the state, and participated in the transition to a statewide interoperability communication system.

      Falgione served on the Nebraska Propane Education and Research Safety Council,Nebraska Safety Center, Southeast Community College Fire Protection, and DOLConveyance Advisory committees, and more.

      He has also interacted and assistedin fire prevention and fire safety education through the National State FireMarshal's Association, Nebraska Fire Chiefs Association, the Municipal FireChiefs Association, and the Nebraska State Volunteer Firefighters Association.The agency supports Nebraska State Fire School that trains over 1,200firefighters every year.

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