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Chief Terry Jackson to Retire from Marion Fire Department

Post Date:04/25/2014 3:46 PM
On June 2, with more than 35 years of service to the Marion community, Chief Terry Jackson will hang up his hat and retire from the Marion Fire Department.

Jackson joined the department in September of 1978. He worked up through the ranks and served as Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain and Assistant Chief prior to accepting the Chief’s position in 1999.

When asked about what has changed the most since he began his career, Jackson said call volumes. “Today we respond to 7.5 times more requests for assistance than we did in my first year,” he said. “We also have far fewer fires, down from about 30 percent to 14 percent.” He credits this statistic to the code enforcement and public education efforts of the department.

Jackson is proud to have initiated the light-duty EMS response, an ISO rating upgrade, the back-up ambulance program, the volunteer team leader program, the citizens’ academy, and the department’s pursuit of national accreditation.

“I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the citizens of Marion, the elected officials, the city manager, department heads and their staffs and especially the firefighters for the outstanding support that I have been given throughout my career,” said Jackson.

Jackson looks forward to devoting more time to his family and personal interests.

Deputy Chief Deb Krebill will serve as Interim Fire Chief until a replacement is named.
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