Fire Marshall open to ''Reasonable'' options

January 11, 2018
“I’m open to just about anything reasonable,” was the prevailing message offered recently by new City of Denton Fire Marshall Brad Lahart.
Brad was promoted to Fire Marshall in November 2017.  He contacted the Denton Chamber to arrange an informal update on his department’s policies and procedures, and to seek input from area professionals involved in commercial construction projects.
Local professional engineer Lee Allison, and Lee Ramsey, managing partner of Orison Holdings are both members of the Denton Chamber board.  They arranged for Brad to meet with a small, select group that included an architect, as well as professional practitioners in commercial real estate and construction.  The city’s chief code enforcement officer, Lancine Bentley, was also present.
Most of the practitioners are members of the Denton Community Development Alliance (DCDA), of which Lee Allison serves as president.  Individuals representing the DCDA have been making their services available for several years on various municipal regulatory reviews.
Brad and Scott McDonald, who is now overseeing the City of Denton Planning process, have both approached the Denton Chamber to pursue productive dialogue.  The City Council will probably give final approval to a major update of the Denton Development Code in June-July 2018.
For now, the Fire Marshall’s office pursues compliance with the 2012 version of the International Fire Code.  Brad told the group, however, he expected the 2018 standards will be adopted as part of the new Development Code re-write.
Brad and his wife Kim are both graduates of the chamber’s Leadership Denton program.  Brad served as General Chair for the 2012-13 Class.  For more information, please contact Brad at 940/349-8860.
Chuck Carpenter, President
(940) 382-9693