PAWTUCKET — Capt. Robert F. Thurber, Jr., a 25-year veteran of the Pawtucket Fire Department, has been named the city's fire marshal, announced Fire Chief William Sisson.
Thurber, who was formerly captain of Engine 2 at the downtown fire station, began his new position on Monday. He replaces the city's former fire marshal, Capt. Steven Parent, who recently retired.
Thurber is the Pawtucket Fire Department's training officer and has coordinated the last five fire schools for the department.
He is also an education instructor/coordinator for the Rhode Island Fire Academy.
“I'm looking forward to the challenges of this office,” Thurber said. “Getting out and helping businesses to get squared away with current fire codes, what to do about upgrades, etc. and working with the mayor's office to answer people's questions on fire alarm issues and fire codes.”
He added that he will attending the meetings that are held regularly by the city for new business owners and developers along with the other municipal department heads involved in zoning and building issues.
A Pawtucket native, Thurber still resides in the city. His father, Robert F. Thurber, Sr., was assistant fire chief of the Pawtucket Fire Department, retiring in 1991.
Also, Sisson announced that Firefighter Lance Dumont has been named the new Hazardous Materials Firefighter, filling a vacancy that was created by a previous promotion.
In related news, a ceremony was held Thursday at Pawtucket City Hall to recognize the promotion of two members of the Pawtucket Fire Department and the swearing-in of a new firefighter.
Fire Chief William Sisson delivered the welcoming remarks and then introduced Director of Administration and Public Safety Director Antonio Pires. With Mayor Donald Grebien in Washington, D.C., Pires handled the promotions and swearing-in duties.
Lt. John T. Smith, a 29-year veteran of the fire department, was promoted to the rank of captain. He lives in Pawtucket.
Also promoted was Firefighter William D. Almon, a 15-year member of the fire department, who was made a lieutenant. Almon resides in Cumberland.
Matthew Sylvester, a 26-year-old North Providence resident, was sworn in as a firefighter. He is currently pursuing an associate's degree in fire science from the Community College of Rhode Island and worked previously as a firefighter in North Providence.
Pires said the new hire and promotions were made to fill existing vacancies on the Fire Department.