Joshua Sanders

Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal

The Rutherford County Fire Marshal's Office is led by Fire Marshal Joshua Sanders.  Sanders is a 22-year veteran of public safety who started his career with Rutherford County in 2016 and worked his way through the ranks to his current position as the County's first Fire Marshal.  Sanders has served in a wide variety of roles in Public Safety throughout his career including law enforcement, EMS, Telecommunications, and Emergency Management.  He holds a Master's degree from Columbia Southern University in Emergency Services Management, is certified by the State of Tennessee as a Fire Officer IV, holds national, international, and state certifications as a Fire & Explosion Investigator (NAFI-CFEI, IAAI-CFI, State of Tennessee, and ProBoard), is a State of Tennessee & ICC Certified Fire Inspector, and a licensed Paramedic.  Fire Marshal Sanders is also assigned as a Federal Task Force Officer to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Fire Marshal Sanders is a member of the Tennessee Fire Chief's Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Arson Investigators, National Association of Arson Investigators, Southern States Police Benevolent Association, Tennessee Fire Safety Inspectors Association, International Code Council, International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, serves as an adjunct instructor for the Tennessee Fire & Codes Enforcement Academy's Fire Investigator Training Program, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Advisory Committee on Arson and the Tennessee Fire Safety Inspectors Association.