Jon Dunaway was officially sworn in as Longview’s new fire marshal Wednesday afternoon, filling a position responsible for code compliance and safety inspections that had been vacant for a year.
“Everyone had been welcoming and supportive” since he came aboard on Oct. 16, Dunaway said. “It’s been a fantastic experience.”
Dunaway’s career started as a volunteer firefighter in 1982. He’s been an EMT, fire investigator for the Kitsap County fire marshal’s office, Clark County’s deputy fire marshal and had been Clark County’s fire marshal since 2005.
Dunaway’s job will be to inspect new commercial buildings for fire code compliance and determine causes of fires.
“It feels like I’ve prepared for this role my whole career,” Dunaway said. “Now it’s like coming home and putting it all together.”