Greenfield Fire Chief Winn offered job on Cape
GREENFIELD — Fire Chief Michael J. Winn has been offered a job as chief of a Cape Cod fire department.
The offer came from the Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire Department in Barnstable. Chief John Farrington announced that, after 40 years of service, he will retire at the end of June, reports the Barnstable Patriot.
Though he’s been offered the job, Winn hasn’t accepted it yet.
“A lot of thought will go into (my decision),” said Winn. “It’s not a light decision, and I have a teammate to think about.”
Winn’s offer came just as his wife, Amanda Majewski-Winn, is about to begin her new job as town administrator for Conway. Her first day will be Monday.
“It’s a great opportunity for Amanda, and she’s really passionate about it,” said Winn.
If Winn takes the job on the Cape, he will have 13 months to establish a permanent residence there. In that case, said Winn, he would rent an apartment, stay there during the week, and come home to his family on the weekends.
Winn said he initially applied for the position just to see how he measured up against others in the field. He was one of 52 initial applicants that were later narrowed to two contenders, pitting him against COMM’s Deputy Fire Chief, Philip Field, according to the Patriot. The COMM Board of Fire Commissioners this week voted unanimously to offer the position to Winn.
“It was a huge opportunity for me to test myself against my peers in this nationwide search,” he said. “It was challenging, and it’s very rewarding to compete at that level and be successful.”
The search was conducted by consultants Municipal Resources, and Winn said it involved a lot of work, and hours of testing.
Before Winn can accept the position, he must pass a physical examination and background check. Then, contract negotiations can begin.
If Winn takes the job, he would be brought on board in mid-June, so the outgoing and incoming chiefs can work alongside each other for Farrington’s final two weeks.
Winn, 39, has a long history with Greenfield and its fire department. Born and raised in town, Winn became a call firefighter in 1991, joined the department full-time in 1995, became a captain in 2001, and was named provisional chief in 2008. In 2010, he was sworn in as the department’s official chief.
If Winn takes the job, he will be in charge of a much larger department than Greenfield’s.
According to the Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire Department’s website, it serves a 26-square-mile area, with 28,000 year-round residents, and more than 40,000 during the tourist season.
The full-time department serves three villages of Barnstable. It was formed in 1926 to cover Centerville and Osterville, and in 1956 expanded to include Marstons Mills.
It operates a headquarters station in Centerville, and fire-rescue stations in each of the other two villages. Each station operates a paramedic-level ambulance, as well as small water rescue boats. It employs four shifts of 12 firefighters each, as well as a 15-member dive rescue team.
If he takes on the new job, Winn said he will miss his firehouse family.
“My heart has been at 412 Main St. (the fire station) for 23 years,” said Winn. “I grew up with those men and women (on the department); they’re amazing people. That’s a part of my consideration of the offer, those relationships, and how much those people and the community mean to me.”