New Concord fire chief aims to maintain ‘community trust’

  • Sean Brown, newly appointed Fire Chief of Concord Fire Department. —City of Concord

Monitor Staff
Published: 2/26/2021 4:22:37 PM

Concord Fire Department Deputy Chief Sean Brown comes from a long line of police officers, but he always wanted to be a firefighter.

“It’s cliché, or funny maybe, but since I was a little boy, since I can remember, it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do,” Brown said.

This week he was named Concord’s new fire chief. The city announced Thursday that Brown was chosen to be the next head of Concord’s Fire Department, effective next week. He will be taking the reins from interim Fire Chief Guy Newbery, who will be returning to retirement.

“It was the right person at the right time,” Brown said, expressing his appreciation for Newbery’s service as interim chief this past year. He said that Newbery provided mentoring and leadership to the department, and said that because of him, “it’s been a great transition period, a smooth transition period.”

“I’m definitely excited,” Brown said. “This is a great city, an incredible organization, incredible people here in the fire department.”

Brown said that the hiring process included a national search with many applicants, and multiple rounds of interviews. He felt the process was a learning experience, allowing him to more concretely understand the expectations of the leadership position.

“It was a great experience,” he said, “and I think it will be helpful moving forward.”

The city’s top employee praised Brown.

“Sean has been an integral part of the Concord Fire Department for many years, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role,” City Manager Tom Aspell said in a statement. “The Fire Department has one of the most important roles in our community, and I know that Sean will lead with the same professionalism and dedication demonstrated during his career in Concord.”

Brown joined the department in 1995 as a Firefighter/EMT, and in 2007 was promoted to lieutenant. In 2011, he oversaw the Fire Prevention Bureau and Fire Alarm Division until he became a Battalion Chief in 2015. He was then promoted to deputy chief in 2018.

As chief, Brown said he is looking to keep the department on track and hopefully help it grow.

“We want community engagement, we want engagement by our employees, and input from all of our stakeholders.” He said his goal is “upholding the integrity of the organization” with “community engagement, transparency, just critical components of the fire service.”

“It’s a very trusted organization and maintaining that community trust is huge,” Brown added.

Brown said he looks forward to continuing the work that the department does, including providing EMS and supporting current vaccination effort.

“It’s a really great organization,” he said, “and it’s an exciting time to be able to lead the organization as we look to turn the corner from COVID and focus on everything else that has to happen in the world.”

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