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New Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Announced

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Michael D. Hanson will be the new Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal. Michael D. Hanson will be the new Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal.

PIKESVILLE, Md. – The Maryland State Fire Marshal announced its new chief deputy state fire marshal Wednesday, according to officials.

Michael D. Hanson will replace outgoing Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Joseph Flanagan, who will now work as a supervisor for the Lower Eastern Shore Regional Office after eight years of service, authorities said.

Hanson has worked in the field for more than 35 years, serving the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Department for 30 years, according to the State Fire Marshal. He retired as battalion chief in July.

The new appointee will be responsible for the Field Operations Division and supervising five regions, the bomb squad and the explosives detection canine unit, officials say. Hanson is also second in command behind the State Fire Marshal while overseeing administrative programs.

Hanson has worked with the Montgomery County Hazardous Materials Response Team, USAR Team and the Public Safety Training Academy, according to officials. He graduated at the top in his 1984 Firefighter 1 class.

Hanson’s educational experience includes an associate’s degree from Allegany Community College and bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland University College, according to State Fire Marshal officials.

Hanson transferred to the Fire and Explosives Investigation Section in 2003 and graduated with honors and a James Daley Award from the Montgomery County Police Academy, authorities say.

The new Deputy Chief Fire Marshal is certified fire investigator with the International Association of Arson Investigators and National Association of Fire Investigators, is a member of the National Fire Protection Association, and was a member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, according to officials.

Hanson became a certified bomb technician in 2005 when he graduated from the FBI Hazardous Devices School, authorities say. He has worked on numerous arson and bomb cases, including the Discovery Channel hostage crisis in 2010.

The appointee worked as a private fire investigator with Fire and Arson Investigations and Consultants Inc. for five and a half years and is an active and life member of the Frostburg Fire Department, according to officials.

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