Fire department captain retires after 30 years

Ridgefield Fire Capt. Dave McDevitt.
Ridgefield Fire Capt. Dave McDevitt.

Ridgefield Fire Capt. Dave McDevitt retired this week after serving the department for 30 years.

“Although it is tough to say goodbye, we wish Dave many, many years of health and happiness in his new and future endeavors,” the department said on its Facebook page. “From the senior guys, all the way down to the new probie, we truly thank you for your years of dedicated service and commitment in bringing this department forward.”

“Captain McDevitt, it has been an honor and a privilege working side by side with you over the years,” the Ridgefield Police Department wrote on its page. “We wish you the best and congratulations on a distinguished career. From all of us up on the hill, we salute you!”

Fire Chief Jerry Myers said that Capt. McDevitt challenged himself every day to provide the best possible service to the town — "no matter what the circumstances."

"As a leader, he accepted no less from those who worked with him which set an example for the entire department," he told The Press Tuesday, Aug. 28. "Captain McDevitt's technical expertise in firefighting, rescue work and patient care is second to none."

Capt. McDevitt served the department as a firefighter and EMT before being promoted as an Advanced EMT.
"When the town agreed to put a supervisor in Station 2, Dave McDevitt was one of the first four lieutenant's promoted for that position," Chief Myers recalled.
He subsequently became a captain — the person that commands the entire shift.
"Dave helped establish the department's technical rescue team years ago and more recently led the department's Special Response Team," Chief Myers said.
The captain's vacancy created by his retirement will be filled by the Board of Selectmen, Chief Myers said.
"Eligible lieutenants in our department will participate in an evaluation process which includes a written examination, tactical evaluation by a panel of outside fire officers, a chief's interview and review of the personnel file," he explained.
"Firefighters eligible for promotion to lieutenant will participate in a similar selection process to fill the vacancy created when one of the lieutenants moves up to captain," Chief Myers said. "Finally, a new firefighter is hired to fill the vacancy created by the newly promoted lieutenant.
"We are looking at our hiring options for a new person."