2019-01-04 / In the Know

Town welcomes new deputy chief

By B. Michael Thurlow Special to the Leader

I am pleased to announce that we have completed the hiring process to fill the EMS deputy chief position created by Tony Attardo’s recent retirement.

Richard Kindelan, a 27-year veteran of the fire service has accepted our offer and started working with us on Monday, Dec. 31. We were fortunate to bring Rich on board so he could work with Chief Attardo for a week to help with a smooth transition of this important senior level position prior to Tony’s retirement on Friday, Jan. 4.

Rich has an impressive resume and comes very well prepared for this position.

He is an 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 Brunswick Naval Air Station.

In 2006, he joined the Gardiner Fire Department as a paramedic firefighter serving at the rank of captain. In Gardiner, 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.

Most recently, Rich has been serving as deputy chief of the Old Orchard Beach Fire Department managing 16 full-time, 22 part-time, 25 lifeguards and 50 volunteers.

Richard’s wide range 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 coworkers wherever he has served. I have personally had the pleasure of working with him as a colleague at the Metro, Cumberland County and York County fire chiefs levels and have always found him insightful, professional, well-reasoned and just a joy to work and interact with.

Richard knows he has very big boots to fill taking over for Tony Attardo after his remarkable 33-year career, but I am confident that Rich will be an extraordinary addition to our organization who will fit in well and help take us to the next level.

Congratulations Rich and welcome to the Scarborough Public Safety family.

If you have any question about this article or any fire department issue you may contact me at mthurlow@scarboroughmaine.org or 730-4201.

B. Michael Thurlow is fire chief for Scarborough.

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