Fire Chief | Car 1
Rich is a US Air Force veteran who served active duty as a fire protection specialist for four years. Rich also spent four years as a firefighter at the Loring Development Authority in Northern Maine, and served five years as a firefighter at the Brunswick Naval Air Station. In 2006 he joined the Gardner Fire Department as a Paramedic Firefighter serving at the rank of Captain. In Gardner, Rich served as the department’s training officer as well as the Safety and BLS Compliance Officer. In 2013 Rich was hired as a Deputy Chief of the Yarmouth Fire Department where he was responsible for the administration of Fire and EMS Operations and also served as Yarmouth’s Emergency Management Director. In Yarmouth Rich had the opportunity to command several significant incidents including the explosion that did extensive damage to a residential neighborhood near the fire station. Richard’s wide breadth of experience creating and managing budgets; planning for and executing very large mass gathering events like the Yarmouth Clam Festival and Revolution 3 Triathlon in OOB last summer; his work in emergency management; and his extensive command and control of significant emergency incident scenes will provide him a solid foundation to hit the ground running here in Scarborough. In addition to his well-developed management skills and abilities, Rich brings a very personable and professional demeanor to his work. He has earned the respect and admiration of the crews and colleagues wherever he has served. Rich took over as Fire Chief after Chief Thurlow retired in January 2022.
Deputy Chief | Car 2
Kevin is an 18-year veteran of the Biddeford Fire Department where he had been serving as Deputy Chief since 2012. Kevin was also an active Scarborough per-diem firefighter/paramedic from 2005-2012. He is also well-known amongst the fire service in the southern Cumberland, Northern York county fire service area. Kevin brings a tremendous list of qualifications including an AAS in Paramedicine, Advanced Fire Officer certifications, Fire Instructor, Health and Safety, and many more. His well-rounded training and education show a clear “all hazards” focus. Kevin is a skilled incident commander and thoughtful fire/EMS service advocate.
Deputy Chief | Car 3
Jerry comes to us with 30+ years of fire service experience, most recently as the Fire Chief in Portland, ME. Prior to that he served as the Deputy Chief of Emergency Operations for the Prince George’s County Fire Department in MD. In that role Jerry was responsible for the protection and safety of 800,000 residents in an urban county of nearly 500 sq. miles, overseeing a workforce of 700 career and 1,200 volunteer members working out of 45 fire/EMS stations. Prince George’s County is one of the largest and most well-respected combination departments in the country, and the experience that Jerry garnered from his 27 year career will be invaluable as we work together to take this department to the next level.
Deputy Chief - Call Company | Car 4
Gary started his firefighting career with the Scarborough Fire Department in 1985. He has worked his way up through the ranks from Firefighter, to Lieutenant and then to Captain of the Engine 4 Pine Point Fire Company, serving in that capacity for 12 years until his promotion. Gary was promoted to Deputy Chief in July 2007 and currently serves Engine 4-Pine Point, Engine 5-North Scarborough, and Engine 6-Dunstan Station. Gary currently supervises the Training Division, Radio System, Marine units and is the Fire Investigation/Safety Liaison and the Fire Police Liaison . He is FF I+II certified and is an Emergency Medical Technician. Gary has specialized training in Haz-Mat Command and Vehicle Extrication He also is an Ice Water Rescue Technician, Haz-Mat Technician and is active with the Presumpscot Valley Haz-Mat Team. Gary lives in town with his wife Erin who is one of Scarborough's Full-Time Firefighter/Paramedics.
Deputy Chief - Call Company | Car 5
Wes started his firefighting career with the Raymond, ME Volunteer Fire Dept. in October 1974. He moved to Cape Elizabeth in 1979 and served with the Cape Elizabeth Fire Dept. and briefly with Yarmouth FD. He also served as a part-time Public Safety Dispatcher in Cape Elizabeth from 1982 to 1996. In November, 1985, Wes joined the Scarborough Fire Dept. Engine 1, Ladder 2, & Marine 1 Company at Black Point. He served there as Firefighter, Lieutenant, and Captain. Currently, Wes serves as the Call Company Deputy for Station 1 at Black Point, Station 3 at Pleasant Hill , and Station 7 at Oak Hill. He is also charged with recruitment of call company personnel for the department, and the administration’s liaison with the Extrication Team. Deputy Merritt holds an EMT license and is certified at the Haz-Mat Technician Level. Wes is employed as a full-time Scarborough public safety dispatcher. He is married, and has a son.