PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Portsmouth Fire Department announced the retirement of a top official on Tuesday.
Portsmouth Fire Department Deputy Chief Michael P. O’Brien will retire to join the State Fire Marshal’s office as an inspector, announced the department in the following Facebook post Tuesday.
Deputy Chief O’Brien has served with the Portsmouth Fire Department since 1996.
The Facebook post reads as follows:
Please join the Portsmouth Fire Department in congratulating Deputy Chief Michael P. O’Brien on his retirement. Deputy O’Brien will be joining the Rhode Island State Fire Marshal’s office as an inspector. Mike’s retirement is a tremendous loss for our department. Deputy O’Brien joined the department in 1996 after serving active duty in the United States Air Force as a crash rescue firefighter. Because of Mike’s positive attitude, knowledge, and motivation, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant after seven years. He earned his Associate’s degree in Fire Science from Bristol Community College and then a Bachelor’s Degree from Roger Williams University. During this time, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and has been pursuing his Master’s Degree. Deputy O’Brien serves many roles in his position within the Portsmouth Fire Department. He serves as the Emergency Medical Coordinator for the department, handles all leave and payroll, prepares the ambulance reporting for billing and serves as the Public Information Officer. His shoes will be very big ones to fill, his retirement is effective on June 1, 2017 and we sincerely wish him all the best in his future endeavors. He has been an excellent firefighter and a great friend!
Michael M. Cranson
Chief of Department
You can view the original post below. Congratulations, Deputy Chief O’Brien!