It was such an honor to be sworn in as the Fire Chief on May 11, 2015. I look forward to what lies ahead. As the Fire Chief, I will commit to the great citizens of this community to be a great steward of what I am entrusted with. I will be a visionary and help guide this department to exceed the expectations of our community. 2015 was a year filled with events that helped shape the future of Troy Fire Department. We suffered through devastating incidents that shook not only us, but the whole community. Through these events, we grew as a department and a community. We learned from these events and started the “Troy Carbon Monoxide Detector” fund to ensure we help prevent tragedies in the future. To date, our crews have installed carbon monoxide/smoke detectors in over 275 residences in our community. In 2015, we placed into service a new rescue engine for Station 1. This engine will enable us to respond to all hazards including technical rescue, HazMat, high angle rescue, confined space and water rescue.
It is my responsibility to ensure the safety of the community, while ensuring the safety of my personnel. As Chief, I will ensure my personnel have the required education, training and equipment to complete their commitment to this community. On behalf of the dedicated firefighter/paramedics of the Troy Fire Department, I give my sincere appreciation to Mayor Michael L. Beamish, his staff, members of City Council, and the citizens of Troy for their continued support and assistance.
Matthew D. Simmons