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Press Release - Board of Selectmen Appoint new Fire Chief



The Town of Westwood’s Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to appoint Mr. John Deckers as the town’s next Fire Chief.  Mr. Deckers currently serves as a Battalion Chief for the Town of West Hartford, Connecticut Fire Department.  In making the appointment, John M. Hickey, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, noted Mr. Deckers’ well rounded experience during his 25 year career in the fire service.  Mr. Deckers is a graduate of Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, the University of Connecticut, and Anna Maria College, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.


Mr. Deckers began his career as a call fighter and ultimately rose through the ranks to hold a series of leadership positions with the West Hartford Fire Department.  He is a founding member of a regional hazardous material response team. 


The Town of Westwood will now complete necessary pre-employment processes with Mr. Deckers and an official start date will be announced in the coming weeks.




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