May 30, 2020

Brewer’s new fire chief

Referring to the article in the BDN (Jan. 28) regarding the appointment of Richard B. Bronson as Brewer’s new fire chief.

I would like to set the record straight. Mr. Bronson has never been a member of the full-time Brewer Fire Department, only being a member of the call department. He terminated as a member of the call department in March 1998.

The statement in the article that he was the 15th chief appointed is not correct. The Brewer Fire Department has had 26 chiefs and three acting chiefs in its 130-year history, starting with the appointment of Sewall H. Downs as the fire department’s first foreman (chief).

The department started in 1869, not 1902 as stated.

Mr. Bronson was not appointed to the call department until late in 1974 and not promoted to lieutenant until December 1988.

Mr. Bronson serving with the call department and not full-time, has not had fire chief command or supervisory experience, along with emergency medical service training. The above is very essential today in becoming a good fire chief.

It is too bad for the members of the Brewer Fire Department to pick up the BDN on Thursday morning to find out about this appointment, and not have been told prior to the news release.

Good luck to the Brewer Fire Department and the city of Brewer on this new appointment. Paul E. Tower Brewer

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