Iowa’s state fire marshal gets job reassignment

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s state fire marshal has been reassigned from his job.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety says State Fire Marshal Ray Reynolds has been granted a reassignment request to be a special agent in charge of the State Building Code and Inspection Unit.

Reynolds cited personal and family issues for his request to Public Safety Commissioner Larry Noble. Reynolds was appointed state fire marshal in 2010.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/195wObA ) Reynolds was recently criticized by firefighters for a column he wrote this summer that implied full-time firefighters should volunteer to help install smoke detectors for an upcoming event. Noble later apologized to the Des Moines Association of Professional Fire Fighters union on behalf of the department. Reynolds also said he hoped to move on from the column.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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