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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Thursday, September 26, 2013
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office


Des Moines, IOWA --  Iowa Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Ray Reynolds has requested and been granted reassignment within the Department.       
Reynolds, who was appointed State Fire Marshal in 2010, made the request to Public Safety Commissioner Larry Noble citing personal and family issues. Reynolds has accepted a position as a Special Agent in Charge of the State Building Code and Inspection Unit.

“I have always stressed to our employees how important family is,” stated Reynolds. “Now it is time I take my own advice and put my family first.” 

During his tenure as State Fire Marshal, Reynolds was instrumental in projects such as:
  • Helping fund and distribute over 50,000 smoke alarms to communities in Iowa within the last 3 years.

  • A Fire Bridge program has improved fire department reporting from low compliance rate in the past to a current state where 95% of all Iowans live in a city that reports fires. This saved Iowa taxpayers over $100,000.

  • Increased the capabilities of a state wide bomb response with the sharing of resources with other bomb squads.

  • Put Iowa is now on the national map with fire prevention initiatives such as the Stop, Drop, and Roll world record.

  • 639 people are alive today because of smoke alarms, with twenty-three of these directly attributed to the smoke alarm program.

  • Worked with Iowa Fire Departments to create the Operation Safe Senior program to distribute 21,000 batteries for smoke alarms in order to protect seniors.

  • Created a state wide juvenile fire setter response program to provide a standard of carte for youthful fire setters.

In a letter to colleagues, Reynolds concluded, “I hope you understand how difficult this decision was based on my unending love for all of the fire service.  It has been an honor to serve as your State Fire Marshal.”

Any questions may be directed to Sgt. Scott Bright at (515) 725-6093.   


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