RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – The Ridgefield Fire Department reached within its own ranks to find its newest leaders.
Interim Fire Chief Kevin Tappe is stepping up become fire chief, and Capt. Jerry Myers is becoming the assistant fire chief, the Ridgefield Board of Selectmen announced Friday morning.
Tappe has been acting in both capacities since former Fire Chief Heather Burford resigned from the department in December.
All five members of the Board of Selectmen spoke highly of the two men and thanked them for their service to the town. The board voted unanimously to approve the promotions.
“I will not let you down,” Tappe said to the board after he was approved as the new Ridgefield fire chief.
First Selectman Rudy Marconi spoke highly of Tappe and Myers, praising their qualifications and thanking them for making it possible to promote from within the fire department.
“I feel like Ridgefield is in great hands,” said Selectman Maureen Kozlark. “I don’t think we could have a better team for the town.”
The combination of Tappe’s fire department experience will be a great complement to Myers’ EMS service as they take over as the leaders of the fire department, Selectman Andrew Bodner said.
Myers, a lifelong Ridgefield resident, said he was excited and thrilled to have been chosen for the position of assistant chief.
“It’s a different kind of challenge,” Myers said after working for 34 years in the Ridgefield EMS and on the fire crews.
Burford became the new chief of the Seminole County Fire Department in Florida. She had served as the Ridgefield Chief for seven years and had served for 13 years in the Manchester Fire Department before that.
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