Garrett Establishes Office of the Fire Marshal

The Garrett County Commissioners approved an ordinance to appoint a Garrett County Fire Marshal. The office, led by Chris Cieslarczyk, is responsible for providing a safe working and living environment for residents, workers, and travelers across the County. In addition, the office will implement and enforce the statewide fire code.

“We are happy to be able to spread public education, outreach, and emergency preparedness,” said John Frank, director of the Garrett County Emergency Operations Center.”

According to a County press release:

Cieslarczyk’s background encompasses Haz-Mat teams, Technical Rescue teams, and Engines, Trucks, and Heavy Squads teams. He has also most-recently served as a Fire Inspector with the Washington Airport Authority and an Assistant Fire Marshal in Charleston, SC.

Cieslarczyk has served as a volunteer firefighter/EMT beginning in 1982 in Sayreville, NJ. In 1992, he was hired as a Haz-Mat Technician/Firefighter with the Middlesex County Hazardous Materials Unit in Middlesex County, NJ. In 1999, Cieslarczyk was hired in Henrico, VA with the County Division of Fire. In 2004, he was promoted to Lieutenant and served in that capacity until his first retirement in 2017.

He has a bachelor’s degree in English from Rutgers University, an Associate’s degree in Fire Science from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, and a Master’s in Emergency Services Management from Columbia Southern University. Currently, he resides in Deer Park with his wife, Renate. They have 4 children.

Visit the Garrett County website for more information.