For Western Region
Master Deputy State Fire Marshal Jamie Rodeheaver has been selected as Deputy State Fire Marshal of the Year for the Western Region. He will join other Deputy State Fire Marshals who will be chosen throughout the state for the 2019 James C. Robertson Deputy State Fire Marshal of the Year Award.
During 2019, Master Deputy Rodeheaver performed consistently in all aspects of his assignment over the nearly two past decades of service. He conducted eighteen initial investigations and led the entire agency’s sworn staff by conducting a total of 343 fire safety inspections, almost double the next highest number of inspections performed by a Deputy in 2019.
Master Deputy Rodeheaver’s assignment to the McHenry satellite office requires him to handle all calls for inspection services, inquiries, and business-hour incidents with little to no direct supervision. Given the rural nature and vast geographical area of his assignment in Garrett County, he routinely assists Troopers at the Maryland State Police McHenry barrack with emergency calls as requested.
Master Deputy Rodeheaver volunteers to participate in community-based events such as National Night Out and the Garrett County Public Safety Day. He has worked with the Garrett County Board of Education to provide annual fire safety and fire prevention training in their high schools to students who achieve a child care/sitter certification. This program allows Rodeheaver to meet with students and discuss current fire safety issues from the students’ home towns.
Additionally, Master Deputy Rodeheaver has assisted in covering operational vacancies in the region due to the staffing shortages for sworn and civilian staff assigned to the Western Region. These extra duties have included a share of additional duty time, completion of daycare, foster-care, and daycare center inspections. Rodeheaver has also volunteered to mentor new investigators in all aspects of their responsibilities.
Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal and Western Regional Commander Jason Mowbray stated, “Master Deputy Rodeheaver has undoubtedly demonstrated himself as a quality Deputy State Fire Marshal in the course of his fire code enforcement and fire investigative actions. Through his performance and work ethic, he has had a positive impact on the citizens of Western Maryland and the employees of the Western Regional Office. There is no question that his efforts have and will continue to result in a safer community.”