FARMINGTON, New Hampshire — After 10 years as the town fire chief, Rich Fowler is leaving his post in May, after being hired this week as chief of the Skowhegan Fire Department in Maine.
Fowler, 47, was sworn in as the Skowhegan fire chief on Tuesday evening. He said he applied for the position because he wanted to work for a larger fire department with bigger challenges.
Fowler, who is resigning as local fire chief effective sometime in mid-May, said what he will miss most is his fellow firefighters and residents with whom he has interacted over the years.
In an interview Thursday, the chief reflected over the past decade as head of the Farmington Fire Department in New Hampshire, which he said has worked as a team over the past 10 years.
He said through his time as chief, the department, by working with the selectmen, has improved response times by adding staff to cover the fire station 24 hours a day. That, he said, resulted in several lives being saved as a result of ambulances getting to the scene more quickly, and more buildings being salvaged due to firefighters getting to the scene faster.
“We have made some huge steps in the past 10 years,” Fowler said.
Fowler, who first joined the local department as a firefighter 12 years ago, plans to move to Maine as he transitions into his new position as the Skowhegan chief.
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