BAR HARBOR, Maine — David Rand, a former municipal fire official who led departments in Bar Harbor and Lincoln and was an assistant fire chief in Bangor, has died.
Rand was head of Bar Harbor Fire Department for 19 years until his retirement in 2012. He passed away Aug. 20 after a 17-month battle with lung cancer. Rand was 72 years old.
Rand was fire chief in Lincoln for more than two years immediately prior to becoming the top firefighter in Bar Harbor in 1993. Before taking the job in Lincoln, Rand served with the Bangor Fire Department for 20 years, from 1967 to 1987, working his way up through the ranks to become assistant chief. He also was a Navy veteran, having served on submarines during the Bay of Pigs conflict, according to his obituary.
In a statement posted Wednesday on the department’s Facebook page, the Bar Harbor Fire Department officials wrote it was a sad day.
“During [Rand’s tenure] he dramatically improved the department, bringing about changes that not only improved the department itself, but also improved the safety of the town in which he served,” Bar Harbor officials indicated.
Bar Harbor fire chief Matt Bartlett took over the position at the end of 2012, a few months after Rand retired. He said Friday that Rand hired him as a full-time staff firefighter in Bar Harbor in 1995.
Bartlett said Rand was a good boss who left the department in better shape than it was in when he became chief in 1993.
“He was fair. He was someone you could talk to,” Bartlett said. “I thought he was a great guy to work for.”