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January 29, 2016

State Fire Marshal Retiring

Massachusetts Fire Marshal Stephen Coan
is retiring after 20 years as the leader of the
Massachusetts Department of Fire Services.

Marshal Coan was the first leader of the Department
of Fire Services.  His work to promote fire prevention and
fire training saw implementation of laws, regulations, and
various programs designed to reduce fire deaths and improve
state support of local fire services.

He oversaw the rebuild and enhancement of the state's fire academy
for basic and continuing training, the state's Hazardous Materials Response
System, the Incident Command Support units and Firefighter Rehab units.

Marshal Coan was frequently at fire scenes and other emergencies
often serving as the public spokesman with the media.

The Marshal has a home on the Cape and has served the Cape area
as well as the rest of the state with great dedication.

Peter J. Ostroskey has been selected as Marshal Coan's successor.

Best wishes to both and thank you for your service to our communities.