Roseville fire marshal named Michigan Fire Inspector of the Year

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published December 4, 2020

 Roseville Fire Marshal William Ciner is the Michigan Fire Inspectors Society Fire Inspector of the Year for 2020.

Roseville Fire Marshal William Ciner is the Michigan Fire Inspectors Society Fire Inspector of the Year for 2020.

Photo provided by Brian Kanigowski


ROSEVILLE — Roseville Fire Marshal William Ciner recently was named the 2020 Fire Inspector of the Year by the Michigan Fire Inspectors Society.

As fire marshal, Ciner is the lead authority in Roseville to ensure that fire codes are followed, fire safety measures are put in place, and fire safety education and outreach is performed in the community.

“I’m really honored and I was really surprised by it,” Ciner remarked. “I’m not sure who nominated me. Someone within the Michigan Fire Inspectors Society must have nominated me, but I’m really appreciative.”

Roseville Fire Chief Brian Kanigowski said Ciner has long been a valuable and effective member of the department.

“Fire Marshal Ciner has been with the Department since 2000 and has been a dedicated and honorable Firefighter since day one,” Kanigowski said in an email. “As the Fire Chief, I couldn’t be prouder of Fire Marshal Ciner. His leadership and dedication are what makes him stand out the most, but most of all, he truly cares about the citizens of Roseville and wants everybody to be safe.”

Kanigowski said that although Ciner has not been the fire marshal for long, he has been working on matters of fire safety and prevention for several years.

“Fire Marshal Ciner has moved up through the ranks before becoming the Roseville Fire Marshal in June of 2020,” he wrote. “His prior position as the Fire Prevention Officer had a significant impact within the community. His never-ending perseverance of fire education and prevention has put him in the position he is in today.”

Kanigowski credited Ciner’s recognition in large part to the leading role he played in a major smoke detector distribution and installation program performed in 2019.

“This award was given to him for his accomplishment of leading one of the largest smoke detector community installation programs in history,” Kanigowski wrote. “He was the lead organizer of a State of Michigan grant funded ‘Smoke Detector Blitz’ program that the City of Roseville, St. Clair Shores and Eastpointe took advantage of back in 2019. This program was designed to not only give the citizens smoke detectors, but actually install them. Most of the installers were off duty firefighters who recognize the importance of early fire detection within the home. This grant funded program received hundreds of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that will save many lives for years to come.”

Ciner said that fire marshals have been significantly responsible for safety precautions in communities in response to COVID-19.

“We had a big smoke detector push in 2019 and 2020 to promote fire safety, so I think that was what got people’s attention,” said Ciner. “When COVID hit, I was put in charge by the fire chief to obtain (personal protective equipment) for the guys in our department and (in) the city’s employment. I was able to get a lot of equipment that cities were having trouble getting and was able to pass along where I was getting it to other fire departments.”

He went on to say that a good fire marshal needs to have a real presence in the community, which is something he’s been trying to do since joining the department.

“I think it has to be somebody who focuses on public education and making the community safer for residents,” said Ciner. “Our biggest job is promoting fire safety and fire education. You need to be involved in the department and the community.”

With 2021 on the horizon, Ciner will be busy with his duties and trying to improve fire safety in the Roseville area even more.

“His hopes for 2021 are that we can bring back and expand this program and make sure that every home in the City of Roseville has functioning smoke detectors,” wrote Kanigowski. “Smoke detectors save lives, so please change your batteries.”

“Because of COVID, we’re seeing a rise in juvenile fire setters, and we would like to establish a youth fire setter program in the county through child protective services and mental health,” Ciner added. “It would hopefully identify kids who have emotional issues or who are starting fires and teach them how this is dangerous or get them help before they end up hurting themselves or ending up in the court system. This also would hopefully include more fire education in the schools. We also would like to expand outreach to seniors with regard to fire safety.”