A member of a local fire department has been appointed to a statewide board that governs rules and regulations for Indiana firefighter safety.

Fire investigator John Smith with the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department was appointed to Indiana’s Board of Firefighting Personnel Standards and Education. The appointment was made by Indiana Governor Mike Pence for an indefinite term.

As mentioned a minute ago, the board, which is comprised of 11 members, is responsible for laying out rules and regulations to govern the safety of both Indiana firefighters and related rescue personnel. Duties include certifying fire department personnel plus instructors, directing research in the firefighting field, and requiring continuing education in order for firefighters to maintain their certification.

Smith has been a firefighter for 33 years and has spent the last 20 of those with the Huntingburg department. He serves as the secretary for the department and is currently serving as chairman of District 18 for the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association, a position that he has held since 2007.