WVU Extension Fire Service –
“Coming home” means a variety of things for different people, but for Mark Lambert it has happened in a variety of ways. The West Virginia University alumnus is now educating on behalf of the university, has come full circle to lead the program that started his career and more importantly, cares for many of the rural communities that form the state by ensuring their safety.
From the age of 14 and his days with the Madison Volunteer Fire Department, Lambert has always been involved with emergency response. A former volunteer firefighter, Lambert claims to be a true product of the WVU Fire Service Extension, taking his very first class through an adjunct instructor.
“Though I didn’t know it at the time, the educational mission of the WVU Fire Service Extension and the training we provide is vital to emergency responders through the state,” said Lambert. “As I got older, I realized educating a single firefighter may seem like a drop in the bucket, but it creates a stronger person, which strengthens a department and in turn creates a better served community and state.”
Lambert has paid his initial education forward and has served as adjunct faculty with the WVU Fire Service Extension through the years, teaching emergency personnel about topics in fire, arson, explosives and emergency response to terrorism incidents.
In addition to educating others, Lambert served with the State Fire Marshal’s Office in Charleston for more than 20 years.
He started as an assistant state fire marshal in the investigations division, served on the state bomb squad as a bomb technician, progressed to a field supervisor and then finished his time in the role of the field deputy in charge of both the investigation and public education division.
During his time there, Lambert was instrumental in creating and implementing policies that dealt with a variety of topics, including training protocols, employee health and public relations.
“I’ve met with, and have key contacts in fire departments statewide through my work in the State Fire Marshal’s Office,” said Lambert. “These contacts allow me to not only promote the validity of our training at the State Fire Training Academy and through our mobile units, but also allows me to listen and be able to adapt our programs so we can provide training that firefighters want and need.”
Lambert also mentioned a desire to help firefighters work through health-related issues by working with other departments in the university, such as the College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences and School of Public Health, to develop and deliver accessible programming across the state that meets firefighters’ needs.
“All in all, it’s more than ‘just training’— I always work to improve on things and do the most I can—it’s more than a new skill learned for that firefighter, it’s a service to the state,” said Lambert.
He also added that he’s on the board of directors for the Boone County WVU Alumni association—his home county—which gives out approximately 30,000 dollars in scholarships a year to future and current WVU students from Boone County.
Lambert received his master’s in public administration and his bachelor’s in international relations and history from WVU.
To contact Lambert, call 304-406-7479 or email email@example.com.