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Marion F. Blackwell, Jr.
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516 Camrose Court, Inman SC 29349
Spartanburg Fire Department
Fire Chief
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Adequate Staffing
Professional Qualifications:
AA in Criminal Justice (Spartanburg Methodist College), BPS in Fire Administration and Fire Prevention (Double Major) (University of Memphis), MS in Executive Fire Service Leadership (Grand Canton University), Executive Fire Officer (National Fire Academy), Chief Fire Officer (Center for Public Safety Excellence), Member Institute of Fire Engineers (MIFireE)
Topics you provide training for:
ISO - Fire Service Rating Schedule made Easy, I instruct at Colorado State University in areas of fire science and management.
Chief Blackwell began his fire service career as a volunteer in 1979 with the Chesnee Volunteer Fire Department. During his time with Chesnee Fire Department, he was appointed to each level of rank to include Fire Chief in 1991, which he held until 1996. While he was a volunteer with Chesnee, Chief Blackwell worked from 1984 to 1991 as a paramedic with the Spartanburg Emergency Medical Services. He obtained the position of Administrative Senior Paramedic. In 1991, Chief Blackwell changed careers from a Paramedic to a police officer with the City of Chesnee. This career change allowed Chief Blackwell to continue his secondary education with a concentration in fire service related course work. Chief Blackwell worked his way up the ranks until he was appointed Police Chief in 1995. In 1996 Chief Blackwell began his compensated fire service career when he accepted an appointment as Fire Chief with the Athol Fire Protection District in Athol, ID. While at Athol Fire Protection District, Chief Blackwell was instrumental in the consolidation efforts between the Athol and Bayview Fire Protection Districts, which subsequently became Timberlake Fire Protection District. In 2001, Chief Blackwell accepted an Assistant Chief position with the Pantex Fire Department in Amarillo, Texas. Pantex is the only Department of Energy, Nuclear Weapons Facility that assembles, disassembles, and maintenances nuclear weapons. Chief Blackwell was granted a top secret security clearance due to his need to access classified information and take emergency custody of a nuclear weapon. Chief Blackwell decided to return to beautiful North Idaho when a position became available at Northern Lakes Fire Protection District in 2004, a combination fire department. Chief Blackwell served Northern Lakes Fire Protection District from 2004 to 2007. In 2007, Chief Blackwell was appointed Fire Chief of the Stillwater Fire Department in Stillwater, OK. Stillwater Fire Department is a career department of 74 personnel. Chief Blackwell accepted the Fire Chief position with the City of Spartanburg in 2011. Spartanburg is an Accreditated career department of 77 personnel.
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At 5:20pm on May 1, 2010, Rick Lasky said…
Thanks brother!! I appreciate your friendship buddy!

Be safe,

At 10:07pm on April 21, 2008, Frank Ricci said…
Thanks for posting all of those files in the Staffing group I think they will be very helpful.
Be Safe,
At 2:31pm on March 26, 2008, Richard Kelley said…
Chief I appreciate you bringing Chief Salka and Chief Lasky to Oklahoma. The conference was excellent and it supercharged my love for the fire service. I look forward to the future programs that you are bringing to our great state.
At 1:42pm on March 19, 2008, James M. Trainor said…
Hi Marion:
Nice to hear from you. I saw you here last week, was going to message you and got busy with other things. You know what I mean. Yes I will be at EFO. I have to do something Thursday night and will not be on the road till late. I will be in Emittsburg about 2-3 in the morning. See you there.
At 1:16pm on March 19, 2008, Fire Engineering said…
Chief, you got it.
At 12:54pm on March 15, 2008, Brian Arnold said…
Never seen someone rock the CPAT like you did. Don't think of it as getting older, just more seasoned. Great times last weekend, really appreciate you guys bringing in Lasky and Salka. Look forward to more like it. Call me if you need anything.

Stay safe,
Brian Arnold
At 4:01pm on March 14, 2008, Frank Ricci said…
Chief, if you go on to the Tactical Building Blocks group scroll down you will see a post by Fire Engineering "Smoke Showing" Click on and leave your name and adderss and FE will send you the DVD if you have any problems call me 203-285-4907 Be Safe
At 2:35pm on March 14, 2008, James M. Trainor said…
Nice to run into a former classmate. Keep in touch.
At 10:02pm on March 12, 2008, John Salka said…
Glad you enjoyed the program and I appreciate the hospitality I received from your folks. Talk to you soon,
At 7:59pm on March 12, 2008, Bob Shovald said…
Hi Chief,
Good to here from you. I hope all is well. You missed a dandy winter!
Stay safe.

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