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State Fire Marshal Announces New Bureau Chief

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Division of State Fire Marshal announced new BUSTR Bureau Chief Scott King in a recent swearing-in ceremony on the Reynoldsburg campus. Commerce Director Sherry Maxfield and State Fire Marshal Kevin Reardon were on hand for the swearing in ceremony as King took his Oath of Office to “support the constitution of the United States and Ohio and to faithfully discharge his duties.” 

“Scott has a proven track record in the field,” said Kevin Reardon. “With his experience, he is the right leader to execute the BUSTR mission and I look forward to our work together.”

Most recently, King worked for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources as a Deputy Chief and Environmental Operations Administrator. He brings 30 years of experience in public safety including emergency management, fire service, investigations, environmental response, and EMS fields. King holds multiple bachelor’s degrees in biology, disaster emergency management and fire administration. He replaces recently retired bureau chief Steven Krichbaum.

The Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations has the responsibility of regulating underground storage tank systems in Ohio containing petroleum and hazardous substances. BUSTR staff conduct inspections, monitor cleanups, educate underground storage tank owners and operators, and enforce state laws in compliance with federal regulations and guidelines.

“I am excited for the opportunity to serve through BUSTR’s mission,” said King. “Effective regulation and safe operation of underground storage tanks is critically important to the environment and citizens of Ohio.”

King lives in Canal Winchester with his wife Amy and two Labrador retrievers. They have a son Hunter, a junior at Ohio Northern University. 

To learn more about BUSTR or the Division of State Fire Marshal, visit com.ohio.gov/fire  

The State Fire Marshal is part of the Ohio Department of Commerce, Ohio’s chief regulatory agency. The Department is focused on promoting prosperity and protecting what matters most to Ohioans. We ensure businesses follow the laws that help them create jobs and keep Ohioans safe. To learn more about what we do, visit our website at com.ohio.gov.