EASTON — Plainville Fire Chief Justin Alexander will be the new head of Easton’s fire department.
Town Administrator Connor Read recently appointed Alexander to replace Fire Chief Kevin Partridge, who retired last fall and is serving in an interim basis.
The appointment is subject to reaching a contact with the Easton Select Board, which will consider the contract on April 1, Read said. If a contract is settled, Alexander will start work in Easton on May 3.
There were two other finalists for the post, but their names were not released.
Alexander brings seven years of experience as fire chief and emergency management director of Plainville.
Alexander is a fourth-generation firefighter who worked through the ranks in Plainville starting in 2004 as a firefighter/paramedic, and then moving to lieutenant and deputy chief. His father, Donald Alexander, is a former lieutenant for the Raynham Fire Department
He also served as EMS coordinator, training officer, department mechanic, dispatch liaison and equipment coordinator.
He served on municipal building committees to build Plainville Town Hall and public safety building.
“He has innovated in the community para-medicine space; supported the design, construction and operation of a regional dispatch center; and has been deeply involved in community outreach in Plainville as chief,” Read said.
Alexander has an associate degree in fire science, a bachelor degree in political science and will complete his master’s in public administration this year.
He has numerous professional certifications including chief fire officer, safety officer and prevention officer. He serves as chairman of the Bristol North EMS Committee, member of Plainville’s cable committee, Bristol Community College’s alumni steering committee and the Sturdy Memorial Hospital foundation board. He is the recipient of the Plainville Citizen of the Year Award (Lions – 2017), the BCC Outstanding Service Award (2018) and presidents scholarship at Bridgewater State University.
In his personal time, he is a pilot and a mechanic.
Partridge, who succeeded former Fire Chief Thomas Stone in January 2012, retired Oct. 21, but was set to serve as interim chief until June 30, 2021. During this time, he has been working with Read to hire a new chief and fill the open deputy chief position.
The deputy chief hiring is subject to Civil Service assessment and promotion procedure, Read said. The candidate assessment process is complete and Read said he expects to announce the new deputy chief within a few weeks.
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