Greenfield Fire Chief to retire at the end of the year

  • Greenfield’s Fire Chief David Hall receives an ax to mark his 25 years of service to the Greenfield Fire Department during an annual awards event in 2017. Courtesy photo—

  • Greenfield Fire Chief David Hall talks about the department’s need for a fire tanker during Town Meeting in March. File Photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 10:30AM

Greenfield Fire Chief David Hall is stepping down at the end of the year.

Hall, who has over 30 years in public safety, has been chief in Greenfield for the past four years. He originally agreed to serve in the capacity for two years. 

“It has been a great honor to lead this department for the last four years,” Hall said, in a press release issued Friday. “This department is comprised of some of the finest and most dedicated firefighters and EMTs that I have ever worked with… the Greenfield Fire Department is truly a highly professional department.”

Hall declined to be interviewed by the Ledger-Transcript, instead wanting to let his press release speak for itself. 

“I would like to think that I left GFD a better place than I found it… I certainly have made every effort towards that end,” Hall wrote. “I’m stepping down in the hope that the incoming Chief will take this department to the next level, I will do whatever I can to help male that happen.”

Hall said that he is choosing to retire for several reasons, including being at retirement age and wanting to spend more time with family. 

With his oldest son passing away last spring, Hall said the need to spend more time with family has become even more apparent. 

“Like all public safety workers, I have missed many holidays, birthdays and other milestones with my wife and children,” Hall wrote. “Countless meals and social events have been interrupted by emergency calls. I’m happy to have done it, but now it’s time for change.”

During Hall’s tenure, the department has purchased a used ladder truck, ambulance, brush truck, and fire truck. Gear has been brought up to date and the department is in line to build a new training building next spring. 

“There are so many things he has done,” select board chair Robert Marshall said Monday. “He reorganized the department, built a strong leadership team, and helped us find new and used equipment…. I can’t say enough about the work he has done.”

Marshall said he and the rest of the board is working hard to find a replacement for Hall before the end of the year  so cross training can take p lace before Hall’s departure. 

The board has scheduled interviews with three in-house candidates for Tuesday night, which will help to inform the next steps of the search process.

“We’re looking at our options and what could work best,” Marshall said. “It’s an appropriate time to look at the entire position.”

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com.