Former fire marshal dies

Carrol Herring was Louisiana State Fire Marshal from 1981 to 1990.
Carrol Herring was Louisiana State Fire Marshal from 1981 to 1990.

Former State Fire Marshal Carrol L. Herring died Thursday at a local Baton Rouge hospital, according to a press release from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Herring was 86.

Gov. Dave Treen appointed Herring as state fire marshal in 1981. He served in the job until his retirement in 1990.

A Bogalusa native, Herring spent 15 years as a fireman with the Baton Rouge Fire Department and 12 years as director of LSU Firemen Training before becoming state fire marshal.

Herring came out of retirement in 1999 to serve again as director of the LSU Fire Service Training then known as the LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute. He retired a second time in 2005. In honor of his service and dedication to the Louisiana fire service, the training institute was named in his honor in 2012.

“He was a man of strong beliefs and unwavering commitment. LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute and the Louisiana fire service as a whole is what it is today because of his commitment,” State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning said in a news release announcing Herring’s death.

“Mr. Herring’s many years of leadership served to transform the Louisiana fire service, ushering in a new era of professionalism,” Browning said.

No funeral arrangements have been set.