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Kathy Saunders, Fire Marshal

Chip Widener Knox County Fire Inspector
Kathy Saunders

Fire Marshal

Serving Knox County Since: January, 2001

 

 

Kathy Saunders is the liaison between the Director of Engineering and Public Works, Dwight Van de Vate, and the Fire Bureau. Kathy represents the Bureau for public and professional organizational interaction. Kathy manages all activities and operations for the Bureau, which includes:


  • Developing and implementing goals, objectives, policies and priorities
  • Creating and navigating the Bureau's operational budget
  • Monitoring and evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods, programs, and procedures
  • Selecting, training, motivating, and evaluating Bureau personnel
  • Acting as liaison between county government and local emergency agencies
  • Developing new programs and improving existing programs to assist county fire departments

Certifications Held:

  • Fire Inspector Level 2 (ICC)- State certified (Tennessee) - 2004
  • Fire Inspector Level 1 (ICC)- State certified (Tennessee) - 2003
  • First Responder- State certified (Indiana) - 1998
  • Firefighter I- National Fire Protection Association - 1995
  • Instructor I- National Fire Protection Association - 1994
  • Emergency Medical Technician-State certified (Kansas) - 1993

Professional Affiliations:

  • International Association of Fire Chiefs - 1995 - present
  • Women in the Fire Service - 1997 - present
  • National Fire Protection Association - 1997 - present
  • Women Chief Fire Officers - 1999 - present
  • Tennessee Fire Safety Inspectors Association - 2005 - present
  • Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association - 2002 - present
  • Tennessee Valley Society of Fire Protection Engineers - 2001 - present
  • East Tennessee Regional Council of Fire Chiefs - 2001 - present
  • East Tennessee Building Officials Association - 2001 - present
  • International Code Council
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Fire Prevention

City County Building
400 Main Street
Suite 585
Knoxville, TN 37902

Phone: 865-215-4660
Fax: 865-215-4669

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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