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Peterborough Fire and Rescue promotes two members to Deputy Chief

  • Brad Winters and his family. Two captains were promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief at a ceremony at the Fire and Rescue Department in Peterborough on Saturday. Courtesy photo—Peterborough Fire and Rescue

  • Brad Winters receives his pin from his two sons. Two captains were promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief at a ceremony at the Fire and Rescue Department in Peterborough on Saturday. Courtesy photo—Peterborough Fire and Rescue

  • Surrounded by family, Brad Winters is pinned and promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief at a ceremony at the Fire and Rescue Department in Peterborough on Saturday. Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 12/11/2019 1:10:21 PM

Captains Brad Winters and Matthew Robblee were promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief at a ceremony on Saturday at the Fire and Rescue Department in Peterborough. 

“It’s a position that requires skill, experience, and trust from me and the town,” Fire Chief Ed Walker said, adding that Deputy Chiefs represent the Department whenever the Chief himself is unavailable. 

Walker said there was no formal application process for the Deputy Chief position, but Robblee and Winters were the only captains, and therefore the only members with a high enough rank for that promotion. Walker awarded the promotions in consultation with the Town Administrator. 

Robblee had previously been a full-time paramedic. As the full-time Deputy Chief managing the Emergency Medical Service division, Walker said Robblee will be responsible for overseeing and managing the day-to-day operations of the ambulance service, hiring staff, keeping up with the department’s skills and equipment, and assisting Walker in higher-level administrative duties.

The EMS branch of the Department provides 911 transport for Peterborough, Sharon, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, and Hancock, as well as patient transportation from Monadnock Community Hospital.

The previous Deputy Chief for the EMS department, Josh Patrick, left earlier in the year, and Robblee had been filling in from his position as a captain, Walker said. Robblee was not available to attend the pinning on Saturday, as his second child was born that afternoon. 

Winters will serve as a Deputy Chief within the Fire department, along with Brian Wall. Walker said that the Deputy Chiefs for the Fire department work on an on-call basis, and they are responsible for overseeing training and education, managing the officers, and assisting Walker. As a captain, “Brad was assuming the higher level responsibilities and tasks,” Walker said. “Moving him up to that rank was acknowledging the skill and value he's brought to the department for a couple years.”

Winters has been around the fire department from a young age, as his father was a member of the department, Walker said. Winters works full time as an assistant manager at Agway in addition to serving with the department. He was pinned on Saturday by his sons Jacob and Trevor, and supervised by Retired Chief Winters. 




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