Mayor Richard J. Kos will appoint Provisional Fire Chief Dean F. Desmarais as the permanent Fire Chief for the Chicopee Fire Department on January 5, 2017 in a ceremony scheduled to take place at 4:30pm at Chicopee City Hall in the City Council Chambers.
Chief Desmarais is being appointed after an interview process pursuant to Civil Service rules and regulations.
“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dean Desmarais as the new Fire Chief for the City of Chicopee,” said Mayor Kos. “He is well respected within the Department and has the experience necessary to lead it going forward. I look forward to continuing to work with him now that his appointment is official.”
Chief Desmarais has served as Deputy Fire Chief since 2010 and is currently President of the Western Massachusetts Fire Protection Association, member of the Board of Directors of the Fire Prevention Association of Massachusetts, member of the National Fire Protection Association, and the International Association of Fire Fighters.
Provisional Chief Desmarais was originally appointed as a Fire Fighter in the City of Chicopee in 1987 and is a Chicopee resident.
I’d like to thank Mayor Kos for having confidence in me and appointing me as Permanent Fire Chief. I have enjoyed working as the Provisional Fire Chief for the last year and a half acclimating myself to the position. I will continue to strive to further enhance the department to the best of my ability in my role as the Permanent Chief. I am proud of the hardworking, dedicated members of the fire department and it is my pleasure to serve the City of Chicopee as Chief of the Fire Department.