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Office of Fire Investigation & Prevention

On November 28th, 2005 Fire Marshal McConnell started his career with the City of North Platte Fire Department as a Firefighter/EMT. During his time as a firefighter/emt, McConnell obtained his Hazmat Tech certification, and spent 12 years working as a career firefighter/emt. In December of 2017 McConnell was then newly promoted as the Deputy Fire Marshal. Which was a position that was many years in the making. His main job functions consisted of; Fire inspections, Fire investigation (cause and origin) and Public Education, city-wide safety committee member. After 41 years of service, Fire Marshal George Lewis retired from his duties. To which Deputy Fire Marshal McConnell was promoted to his current position as Fire Marshal on September 17th, 2021. His new appointed duties consist of but are not limited to; fire safety inspections, public education, city fire investigations, plan reviews, inspecting underground tank facilities, and a delegated authority for the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s office.

On Oct 4, 2021, Deputy Fire Marshal Brad Krichau was hired to his position within the office of fire investigation and prevention. He is coming to us from the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s office where he served as a Deputy State Fire Marshal. He has vast knowledge and experience in fire protection, fire safety, and fire systems. He has served as Fire Safety &Building Inspector for the City of Blackhawk, CO., Life Safety Inspector/Life Safety Plans Examiner for the City of Aurora, CO., Fire Inspector/Investigator/Instructor for the City of Golden, CO., Firefighter for the City of Boulder and Hazardous Materials Response with Jefferson County, CO. His main job functions will consist of but not limited to; Fire inspections, Fire investigation (cause and origin) and Public Education, and assisting Fire Marshal McConnell.