The State Fire Marshal’s office and Abilene Office of Emergency Management hosted the Fire Marshal Discussion Series Tuesday.
Fire departments and agencies from all over the state gathered to talk about the importance of open communication between county, city and state officials.
Some agencies in attendance were the Department of Aging and Disability Services, the Department of Family and Protective Services, the Department of Licensing and Regulation and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
"In a way, we’re bringing Austin here to Abilene,” said State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy. “We are bringing representatives from different state agencies so they can get their business cards and know who to call if they are having issues with a daycare or nursing home,” said Connealy.
Connealy also stressed how important it is to understand how local and state officials work together.
"It is all about relationships and understanding the person that has authority,” said Connealy. “We need to figure out what are the issues at hand and resolve those issues in a very efficient manner. These meetings help do that,” Connealy said.
John Burnett of the Abilene Fire Marshal's office says these discussions are helpful to Abilene residents as well.
“We take a lot of complaints on a daily basis, mostly relating to the fire code, if that complaint is beyond our scope of work, we can then direct those people to the agency they need to get in contact with,” said Burnett.
The State Fire Marshal Agency has been traveling around the state of Texas conducting these meetings in different regions.