Robert Bentfield has been named the fire marshal in Pender County.
Pender County Emergency Management recently announced the hiring of Robert Bentfield as the new fire marshal, a position vacated when Tommy Batson was named Pender County emergency manager.
A Pender County resident, Bentfield joined the Wilmington Fire Department in March 1998. He is a trained firefighter and emergency medical technician. He served as a master firefighter and was transferred to the fire marshal’s office to perform fire safety inspections and fire investigations. In 2021 he was promoted to the rank of captain.
Bentfield, who had obtained his North Carolina Fire Inspector Level III designation as well securing the title of International Association of Arson Investigators Fire Investigation Technician (IAAI FIT), decided in 2015 to return to college to obtain a degree in fire science.
“Robert brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role of fire marshal for our county,” says Pender County Emergency Manager Tommy Batson.
Bentfield is responsible for plan reviews for construction projects, construction inspections, building safety inspections, foster care inspections, fire education, citizen complaints and fire investigations and assists the emergency management director when needed.
A native of Michigan, Bentfield served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He and his wife, Jamie, have two sons, Jamison and Jaxson. They are members of Scotts Hill Baptist Church.
“I look forward to serving the residents and business owners of Pender County,” Bentfield says.