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Ventura County announces new fire marshal

Ventura County Fire Department names Massoud Araghi as new fire marshal.

December 14, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
The Ventura County Fire Department has a new fire marshal. Massoud Araghi, a licensed fire protection engineer, has been promoted to the post. Araghi has been with the department's fire prevention bureau since 1987. Most currently, he has been supervising the engineering unit of the bureau.

In a news release announcing the new leadership of the bureau, Fire Chief Bob Roper called Araghi the right choice for the position.

"His background with the technical side of the fire codes, his knowledge of fire prevention systems and his management skills will all serve the fire prevention bureau and the citizens of Ventura County well," said Roper.

Araghi has a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California and has been instrumental in developing policies on fire sprinklers, stove hood suppression systems and other fire prevention systems throughout Ventura County.

He also has a long history in teaching others. Araghi has been an instructor at the California State Fire Academy for the past 18 years and currently teaches a class in fire protection equipment and systems at Oxnard College.

The fire department's news release quoted Araghi as saying, "I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to manage the fire prevention bureau...the fire prevention officers, fire inspectors and fire specialists who make up the bureau are energetic, enthusiastic professionals, committed to making Ventura County a safer place for everyone who lives or works here."

Araghi has had plenty of practice for his new post. He has filled in as interim fire marshal for the past six months. With his duties beginning immediately, for Araghi, it is business as usual.


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