Peterborough names new fire chief
PETERBOROUGH – The town has found its new fire chief.
Former Weston, Mass., Fire Chief Edmund "Ed" Walker was named the new chief of Peterborough Fire and Rescue by town officials this week.
"I'm excited to be able to come in and work in the town of Peterborough and really continue their excellence in their fire and rescue and emergency department," Walker said Thursday.
Walker is succeeding Joseph Lenox III, who is retiring after 10 years of service with the town in the chief position.
Walker has 23 years of firefighting experience, including five and a half as a fire chief, as well as administrative experience heading up the Bay State's fire academy.
It was this mix of fire service and administrative experience that led to the town fire chief search committee to pick Walker, Peterborough town administrator Pam Brenner said Thursday.
"First he has experience in the two areas we were looking for," Brenner said.
The search committee was formed back in November and received 70 applications for the position, Brenner said.
Walker started with the Weston Fire Department in Massachusetts in 1984 as a firefighter/EMT. After rising through the ranks, he became fire chief/emergency management director for the Weston department in 2002.
In 2007 he left the Weston department to become the director of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy where he had also served as program coordinator and fire instructor since 1992.
Walker, 49, said Thursday he left the academy last year to do consulting work and return to school, with his eye toward finding a fire chief position he could fill.
"The thing that I really enjoy about being a firefighter and fire chief are the opportunities to interact with the community," Walker said. "As the fire chief you really have an opportunity to deal with residents, work to solve their problems, figure out what their issues are. It's working with people."