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Greenfield fire chief earns accreditation

Greenfield Fire Chief Robert Strahan.
Recorder/David Rainville

Greenfield Fire Chief Robert Strahan. Recorder/David Rainville Purchase photo reprints »

GREENFIELD — Fire Chief Robert Strahan’s experience and education has earned him accreditation from the state Fire Service Commission.

Strahan has led the Fire Department since former Chief Michael Winn left the department last spring to take a job on Cape Cod. Strahan had served as deputy chief under Winn. Wednesday, Strahan was granted accreditation by the commission.

“It’s an honor to lead the Greenfield Fire Department,” Strahan said. “I appreciate that this accomplishment recognizes my dedication to leadership of this fine fire department.

Chiefs seeking accreditation have to prove they’ve got the required combination of experience, training, and education in fire services. While it’s not a requirement for the position, the accreditation serves as a way for fire chiefs to measure up to each other, and an aid for towns that are looking for a new chief.

“It establishes benchmarks for training in fire and emergency service management so that chiefs may be better prepared to serve their department and their community,” said Everett Fire Chief David Butler, chairman of the commission.

Strahan’s accreditation doesn’t mean he can rest on his laurels. To remain certified, he will have to continue to seek education and professional development, and re-apply every three years.

Strahan, who got his start as a call firefighter in Gill in 1991, joined the Greenfield Fire Department in 1991. During his service, he said, he has taken countless courses and professional development programs, and he strives to stay up-to-date on the latest in fire services.

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