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Posted on: February 21, 2017

Joplin Training Chief Mark Cannon named Fire Training Officer of the Year for Missouri

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Joplin Fire Training Chief Mark Cannon received recognition from the Missouri Department of Public Safety Fire Marshal's office today for his work, dedication and performance.

Cannon was named the Fire Training Officer of the Year for the State of Missouri. Greg Landwehr and Becky Trapani with the Missouri Division of Fire Safety were in Joplin today to give the award. Trapani said the Fire Marshal’s office issues two awards annually, with one honoring a paid firefighter and the second to recognize a firefighter working in a volunteer department. According the State Marshal’s office, Cannon received seven nominations from within and outside the department.

“Mark has great experience and knowledge in fire training and is committed to this work,” said Joplin Fire Chief Jim Furgerson. “He ensures our staff know their job, and can execute safely and efficiently. We are all very proud of him. This is first time I can recollect this award being issued to a Joplin Fire Department employee, and he is very deserving of this honor.”

Mark Cannon joined the City as the Fire Training Chief in July 2015.  Cannon last worked at the Kansas City, Missouri fire department, serving in all divisions of the department, and was promoted to the rank of Captain during his tenure.  Cannon retired from the Kansas City department with 20 years of service, prior to joining the Joplin Fire Department as its Training Chief.

“This award is a great honor for Mark, the Fire Department, and the City,” said City Manager Sam Anselm. “We’re proud of Mark for his work and all of the Fire Department for their efforts in taking care of our citizens and visitors 24/7. Their commitment to service is evident and we are honored that others recognize their dedication as well.”

Originally from Platte City Missouri, Cannon enlisted in the Missouri Air National Guard in 1991 at the 139th Airlift Wing, Rosecrans Air Force Base in St. Joseph Missouri.  He served with the 139th from 1991 to 1998 as a Fire Protection Specialist. During that time Cannon served for two years on temporary duty at Pope Air Force Base with the 23rd Fighter Wing.  He transferred from the 139th Airlift Wing in 1998 to the 442nd Fighter Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base as a Fire Protection Specialist in the reserves until 2001.

In addition to this experience, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science and holds state certifications as a Fire Instructor II, Tech Rescue and Haz-mat Technician.