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Brandon Eckstein Share

Jan 11, 2018  |  Web Administrator

Bran­don Eck­stein became a mem­ber of the Mar­i­on Fire Depart­ment in 2006. Since then, Bran­don has built a sol­id resume, which includes Fire­fight­er I & II, Strat­e­gy and Tac­tics, EMT, Fire Offi­cer I, and Fire Instruc­tor I. Bran­don is on the Water Rescue/​Dive Team and is a Haz­mat Tech. Bran­don is a cer­ti­fied Fire Inves­ti­ga­tor IAAI/FIT and is the state’s only trav­el­ing cer­ti­fied Arson K-9 handler.

In 2017, Bran­don had 15 arson cas­es in Mar­i­on. Statewide, Bran­don and his K-9, Jer­sey, had assist­ed in 25 oth­er cas­es. Last year, Bran­don and Jer­sey trained a total of 368 hours togeth­er. Bran­don was one of the inves­ti­ga­tors on the Thomson/​RCA fire that occurred on Decem­ber 16th, 2017. Through­out that night, he was busy col­lect­ing evi­dence and doc­u­ment­ing the scene. The next day, Bran­don was busy fol­low­ing leads and review­ing secu­ri­ty video, while inter­view­ing wit­ness­es and pos­si­ble suspects.

Being a Fire Pre­ven­tion Offi­cer actu­al­ly has many draw­backs. It is a thank­less and tire­some job, but Bran­don is 100% com­mit­ted and enjoys the chal­lenge. He con­tin­ues to improve his skills, which makes him a very valu­able asset to our department.”

Fire Chief Geoff Williams

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