COLUMBUS – Larry L. Flowers will be sworn in as Ohio’s 33rd State Fire Marshal by Ohio Department of Commerce Director David Goodman on Monday, April 4.
Flowers began his fire service career as a volunteer with the Kirkersville Fire Department (now West Licking Joint Fire District) in 1970 before joining the Baltimore Fire Department and then becoming a full-time firefighter and paramedic with the Sharon Township Fire Department (now Worthington Fire Department). He was named fire chief of the Madison Township Fire Department in 1978, a position he held until retirement in 2000. Flowers was an EMT, rescue, fire and Haz-Mat instructor during his fire service career. He also served on the board of the Ohio Fire Chiefs’Association and as a consultant for a private fire and EMS firm.
Flowers served as State Representative from 2001 to 2008 in the 19th and 24th Ohio House Districts. Most recently he has been serving as the Madison Township Administrator where Hebron Mayor Clifford L. Mason is fire chief of the Madison Township Fire Department.
A year ago, Flowers discussed fire districts at a meeting organized by Walnut Township Trustee Terry Horn to discuss the possible consolidation of fire departments and resources in Walnut Township.
As State Fire Marshal, Flowers will direct the operations of the Bureau of Testing and Registration, Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations, Code Enforcement Bureau, Fire Prevention Bureau, Forensic Laboratory, Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau and the Ohio Fire Academy.
Flowers lives in Canal Winchester with Patty, his wife of 40 years. They have two adult children.