Fire chief plans to take Florida post

Fire Chief Heather Burford with Engine No. 1, the fire department’s all-purpose truck: “The engine has everything you need in the first few minutes of any type of call.” —Dick Aarons photo

Fire Chief Heather Burford has been chief here for seven years. When she was appointed, she was the only female chief of a paid department in Connecticut. —Dick Aarons photo

Fire Chief Heather Burford has accepted a conditional job offer as the new  chief of the City of Seminole (Fla.) Fire Rescue Department.

Chief Burford, who has served as Ridgefield’s chief for the last seven years, still has to pass a physical and a background check before officially taking the position.

“I’ve let everyone know that I will be stepping down as fire chief,” she said Monday morning. “I want to make sure it’s a done deal though before talking more about my new position and what the transition process will be like here.”

She added that assistant fire chief Kevin Tappe would be filling the open position, but couldn’t confirm when that would take place.

Chief Burford came to Ridgefield from Manchester Fire Department, where she worked as a firefighter-paramedic before being promoted to lieutenant and then to battalion chief during a 13-year career.

CORRECTION NOTE: An earlier version of this story said the post was chief of the Seminole County fire department instead of the city  department.

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  • VoterResident1

    The town should call Mr. Gaeta and offer the position to him, provided certain town officials ask him nicely, and he is willing to take the job. (If you ask me he should’ve had the job all along)

  • Jon

    It has been a great honor to have known and worked with Chief Heather Buford. Not only does she have great warmth and charm, but tremendous ability and commitment to everything she does. Although it is Ridgefield’s loss, it will be Florida’s gain. We wish her only great success and joy. Rabbi Jon Haddon

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