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Pender emergency management introduces first female fire marshal

A new female fire marshal, Amy Burton, has taking the lead in southeastern North Carolina. (Courtesy photo)

PENDER COUNTY — A new female fire marshal has taking the lead in emergency management in southeastern North Carolina.

Amy Burton, a Kinston, North Carolina, native is the first female fire marshal of Pender County.  

Burton served as the deputy fire marshal before her promotion on May 29. Her new role oversees fire safety codes, new construction plan reviews, fire investigations, and serves as  liaison for the county and other fire departments. 

“Amy is a team player and asset to the emergency management department as well as the county,” Pender County Emergency Management Director Tommy Batson said.

Her experience with public safety and fire began as a member of the Wyse Fork Rescue Squad, located in Dover, N.C. She studied to become an emergency medical eechnician after graduating from Chowan University with a degree in music.

“I loved the knowledge, just knowing what a person was experiencing and then how to respond,” Burton said in a press release, regarding her EMT training.

Burton moved to Wilmington in 2015 and was hired as a firefighter by the Leland Fire Department. She eventually became the EMS Battalion Chief, the first woman in Leland to hold that rank. 

Her work continued with New Hanover Regional Medical Center. In 2021, Burton was hired as the deputy fire marshal in Pender and served under now-retired marshal Mark Haraway.

“I learned so much from Mark,” Burton said in the release. “He is a load of information and experience.”

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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