Bourne Fire Chief To Retire In January

Bourne Fire Chief Martin Greene has been with the Bourne Fire Department for 34 years and will retire in early 2015.GENE M. MARCHAND/ENTERPRISE - Bourne Fire Chief Martin Greene has been with the Bourne Fire Department for 34 years and will retire in early 2015.

Bourne Fire Chief Martin Greene has announced that he will retire early next year.

During the June 3 Bourne Board of Selectmen’s meeting, town administrator Thomas M. Guerino read a letter from Chief Greene stating that he intends to retire as of January 17.

Chief Greene was sworn as Bourne’s fire chief in January 2011.

In his letter, Chief Greene noted that he has been with the Bourne fire department for 34 years, and in that time he has worked in every position from call firefighter to dispatcher to firefighter/paramedic/shift officer to fire chief.
Mr. Guerino said that he has accepted the chief’s resignation “with regret.”

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“Of the four chiefs I have worked with since I’ve come here, Chief Greene has been probably the most professional, the most management-oriented,” Mr. Guerino said.

He added that he will miss the chief as a professional colleague.

Members of the board echoed Mr. Guerino’s high regard for the chief.

Board chairman Peter J. Meier said that Chief Greene “set the standard for fire chief in this community.”

Selectman Donald E. (Jerry) Ellis called Chief Greene “one of the finer officers that I’ve known in the fire department.”

Board member Linda M. Zuern said she has a great deal of respect for the chief, calling him “honest, down-to-earth, and hard-working.”

“His shoes will be hard to fill,” she said.

Mr. Meier asked if the search for a new fire chief will include both local and statewide candidate lists. Mr. Guerino said he felt it incumbent upon the town to cast as wide a net as possible in the search.

“It is my intent to only go forward with a statewide promotional list, which will allow all the local individuals who may be interested in the position to apply,” Mr. Guerino said.

He added that, in fairness to the officers in the fire department and what the residents of Bourne expect, the search should go statewide.

Mr. Meier agreed that the town should do its due diligence by looking statewide but it was his opinion that any of the current four deputy fire chiefs are capable of leading the department.

“There are some people who have paid their dues and worked their way up and I just hope they are afforded a fair chance through this process,” he said.

Mr. Guerino said that the search criteria could include lieutenants with a certain number of years of service, “to open it up to as many of the locals as we can.”

Mr. Meier also asked if a new chief will be in place by Chief Greene’s retirement date. Mr. Guerino said that he believes six months’ notice will allow the town to have someone on board, or close to on board, by then. 

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