ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Roanoke Fire-EMS announced on Wednesday that they appointed the first female Fire Marshal in the department’s history.

Rebecca “Becky” Smith has been appointed to the position and according to the department has served Roanoke for almost 19 years. She started as a firefighter/EMT in 2003 and then became a certified fire investigator in 2010. Roanoke Fire-EMS says she was then promoted to Assistant Fire Marshal in 2019 then in 2021 made her way up to Deputy Fire Marshal.

She not only worked for Roanoke Fire-EMS but Franklin County Public Safety, and the Virginia Fire Officer Academy as well. She graduated from the Virginia Fire Marshal Law Enforcement School, the Virginia Fire Officers’ Academy and has a leadership certificate from Hollins University Batten Leadership Institute.

“We have full confidence that Chief Smith is the right choice to continue to advance the growth of the
Fire Marshal’s Office,” says Roanoke Fire-EMS Deputy Chief David Guynn.

Roanoke Fire-EMS says Smith is dedicated to serving her department and her community.