WINCHESTER, VA, AUGUST 1, 2019: Frederick County is pleased to announce that S. Mark Showers has been named Deputy Chief, Fire Marshal for Frederick County and will oversee the Office of the Fire Marshal in the Life Safety Division.
Deputy Chief Showers joined the Frederick County Fire and Rescue Department in 2000 as an EMT/Medic and rose through the ranks achieving the levels of Technician and Specialist prior to joining the Fire Marshal’s Office in 2006 as an Assistant Fire Marshal. In 2011 Mark was promoted to Lieutenant. He has served as Interim Fire Marshal since March of this year following the retirement of John Bauserman
In December 2012, Showers graduated as a Canine Handler from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms Accelerant Canine Program. Since then, he and K9 Walker have served the Frederick County Community and surrounding areas. To date, Deputy Chief Showers and Walker have responded to approximately 300 calls, in Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland.
“I look forward to working with everyone and am excited about what the future will bring,” Showers said. “It’s a privilege to serve the citizens of our community in this capacity.”
Showers has extensive training and experience in fire investigations and holds several certifications including Virginia NFPA 1031 Inspector, Virginia NFPA 1033 Fire Investigator, Virginia Fire Marshal Academy Basic Law Enforcement and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Post Blast School. He is a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators – Virginia Chapter (VA-IAAI), the Shenandoah Valley Joint Committee of Fire and Arson Investigators, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), and the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA).
Denny Linaburg, Chief of the Fire and Rescue Department said, “I know Mark and I feel he will be a great asset to our department in his new capacity. His expertise in fire investigations and inspections coupled with his knowledge of our department will serve us well going forward.”