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Assistant Chief Len Nored retired from the San Marcos Fire Department Jan. 31 after 28 years in the fire service. Pictured left to right are, Chris Nored, Carol Nored, Len Nored, Fire Chief Les Stephens and Mayor Daniel Guerrero. PHOTO by DON ANDERS

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After a career spanning 28 years with the San Marcos Fire Department, Assistant Chief Len Nored retired from the fire service Jan. 31.

“Chief Nored has been a mentor to me and many other SMFD personnel,” Chief Les Stephens said. “Len’s leadership, calm demeanor, work ethic, and positive attitude made him an absolute joy to work with and the perfect fit as a Chief Officer.”

Nored joined the San Marcos Fire Department on Oct. 25, 1985 and earned his firefighter certification from Texas A&M Fire School.

He rose through the ranks over the next 28 years to engineer and lieutenant before being appointed as assistant chief in 2002. He twice served as interim fire chief, first in 2004 and again from 2008-2009.

Nored’s certifications include Master Firefighter, Fire Officer I and II, Intermediate Instructor III, Hazardous Materials Technician, EMT Driver/Operator-Pumper, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Fire Investigator, Incident Safety Officer, Swift Water Rescue Technician and Wildland Search and Rescue Operation.

As assistant chief over the department’s administration and personnel operations, he oversaw the design and construction of the $5 million, 19,000-square-foot Fire Station No. 5 and wrote 37 grants resulting in $849,630 for equipment and training funds.

“During his tenure as an Assistant Chief, Len has had one of the greatest positive impacts of any single individual on the San Marcos Fire Department,” Stephens said. “He is leaving some very big shoes to fill and will be truly missed.”

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