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State Fire Marshal Phillips Named to National Board

HELENA -The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) elected Montana State Fire Marshal Terry Phillips to a three-year term on its Board of Directors at the NASFM annual conference held recently in East Elmhurst, N.Y.

NASFM President Donald P. Bliss said, “It’s exciting to have an individual of Terry’s caliber serving in such an important national position.”

Phillips joined the fire service in 1978 as a volunteer firefighter with the Lewistown Fire Department. In 1979 he was hired as a paid firefighter, and in 1991 became Fire Chief, a position he held until he retired in 1994.

Phillips then worked for the Insurance Services Offices (ISO) as a Field Representative in Colorado and Montana conducting field surveys until 1995, when he joined the Montana State Fire Marshal’s office as a Deputy State Fire Marshal. Phillips became Acting State Fire Marshal in August 1997 and was appointed State Fire Marshal in May 1998.

NASFM members are the most senior fire official of each of the 50 United States and District of Columbia. NASFM’s mission is to protect human life, property and the environment from fire. State Fire Marshals’ responsibilities include fire safety code adoption and enforcement, fire and arson investigation, fire incident data reporting and analysis, public education and advising Governors and State Legislatures on fire protection. For more information about NASFM, see

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