GREENVILLE, Maine — He improved morale within the Fire Department, recognized the sacrifices made by the spouses of firefighters, implemented fundraising projects to help reduce Fire Department costs, and at times, donated his labor for projects within the Fire Department.
While John Cobb would quickly defer credit for the projects and changes made in the Greenville Fire Department to his co-workers, Town Manager John Simko said it was Cobb’s leadership that made the changes possible.
Simko has nominated Cobb, who is stepping down as fire chief after serving five years, to the Maine Fire Chiefs Association for fire chief of the year.
“Under John Cobb’s leadership, the Greenville Fire Department has not only served the communities it serves effectively; the department has stepped up to accomplish many community and fundraising projects,” Simko said.
Simko said Cobb worked to revise the Fire Department’s bylaws, which had not been updated since the 1980s, and to secure funding to replace the department’s aging hydraulic extrication device and its 1988 Chevrolet cargo van, which that had no seat belts or rollover cage. An electrician, Cobb also worked to address deficiencies in the Fire Department building at his cost and donated his labor elsewhere for the betterment of the town, according to Simko.
Cobb said he appreciated the support he was given in the job. Because he operates his own business and has a young family, Cobb said he made it known that he would serve for only five years.
“It’s certainly been trying at times and it’s also been rewarding at times,” he said Thursday. “I feel like I’ve left the department in a better place than when I took it over.”
While Simko said he recognized that the association award typically goes to a chief who has served for many years, he felt it necessary to include Cobb in the mix because of his dedication to his department and the community.