NY fire official hired as Fairfield's new deputy fire chief
A 30-year veteran of the Yonkers, N.Y., Fire Department will be the town's new deputy fire chief.
The Fire Commission voted unanimously Thursday to offer the job to Kyran V. Dunn, who retired from the Yonkers department in 2013 at the rank of battalion chief. The commission's vote came after a brief closed-door session, and with no public discussion among the panel members regarding Dunn. Dunn was not in attendance at the meeting.
Fiscal Officer Robert Mayer said a formal ceremony will be held once employment terms are worked out with Dunn. The position was advertised as paying $110,000 to $130,000 annually.
"We're looking forward to working together with Deputy Chief Dunn, and whomever becomes our next chief, in protecting Fairfield and its first responders, just as we have with their predecessors," said Assistant Chief Chris Tracy, the head of the firefighter union.
Dunn holds a bachelor's degree from Fordham University, plus a bachelor's in fire science administration from the State University of New York Empire State College, as well as a law degree from Pace University.
The new deputy chief has ties to Fairfield -- his brother has lived here for more than 20 years and Dunn, in a phone interview later Thursday, said he has spent a good deal of time here and "just fell in love with it."
"I applied for the position because I saw it as an opportunity to be part of a great Fire Department in a great town," Dunn said. "The Fire Department has a reputation from without of being progressive and the firefighters are very good at what they do."
He said he looks forward to helping Chief Richard Felner with matters that have been held in abeyance since the deputy chief's position became vacant. "I have always been an advocate of the use of technology in the fire service, and in the future I hope to increase the amount of information available to responding fire units in order to keep the firefighters and the citizens safer."
In March 2014, the Fire Commission voted not to renew the contract of then-Deputy Chief Art Reid, citing the need to open opportunities for department members to advance in the ranks. No Fairfield firefighters applied for the job, however.
Meanwhile, the commission is beginning a search for a new fire chief. Felner's contract expires in June, and last year he asked the commission not to renew that pact.
"This officially starts our search for a new chief," Mayer said, but he said officials already have the framework in place, thanks to the search for the deputy chief. "It should be a quicker process than for the deputy chief."
Among the requirements for fire chief applicants, he said, will be at least five years as second or third in command, as well as a bachelor's degree.
"We hit the ground running tomorrow," Mayer said.