Former Louisiana State Fire Marshal Dies

LA State Fire Marshal's Office
Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 7:11pm

Former Louisiana State Fire Marshal, Carroll Herring passed away shortly before noon on December 26, at a Baton Rouge hospital. Herring was surrounded by friends and family members.

The 86-year-old was a native of Bogalusa. According to the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office, Herring had been battling an illness for some time.

Herring began his career as a fireman for the Baton Rouge Fire Department, where he worked for 15 years. He then worked as the Director of LSU Firemen Training for 12 years.

In 1981, Governor David Treen appointed him as the State Fire Marshal. Herring served with the distinction for nine years until he retired in 1990.

However, Herring was asked to return to firefighter instruction in 1999. He served as Director of LSU Firemen Service Training at the renamed LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute, until he retired for good in 2005.

The LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute, a school he had directed for 18 years, was renamed to the Carroll L Herring Fire and Emergency Training Institute. The new name was in honor of Herring and his service to Louisiana fire service.

Current State Fire Marshal, H. “Butch” Browning said that Herring “was a man of strong beliefs and unwavering commitments. LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute and the Louisiana fire service as a whole is what it is today because of his commitment. Mr. Herring’s many years of leadership served to transform the Louisiana fire service, ushering in a new era of professionalism.”

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