NAHANT GETS ITS CHIEF
By BRIDGET TURCOTTE
NAHANT — Lynnfield Fire Captain Michael Feinberg has accepted the position of Nahant Fire Chief, contingent upon his contract, which will be discussed at tonight’s Board of Selectmen meeting.
Town Administrator Jeff Chelgren recommended Feinberg to the board over other candidates at the last meeting. Board members then voted to proceed and send Feinberg a hire letter.
“Michael has a Masters (degree), Bachelor (degree), and Associate’s (degree) in fire science,” Chelgren said. “He has over 20 years of experience and a great deal of that has to do with expertise in fire administration.
“When we rank (the applicants) by resume only, he’s appealing on so many levels,” Chelgren said. “He has the education, he has the background, and he seems to have the disposition. He seems like a good fit for the community.”
Feinberg has served with the Lynnfield Fire Department for the past 16 years, he said.
“Before that, I was an EMT and paramedic for over 30 years,” Feinberg said. “I did a brief period of four and a half years with the Amesbury Fire Department as a firefighter, then the total of 16 years with Lynnfield, and now I’m moving on to Nahant.”
Feinberg said he anticipates working in Nahant to be both similar and different from his prior experience working in Lynnfield.
“In many ways Nahant and the fire department are similar to Lynnfield,” he said. “Nahant is a smaller community, it has a slightly slower call volume, and, of course, there are roles and responsibilities as fire chief that are going to be a different experience for me.”
Feinberg said the close proximity to his home in Lynnfield, his experience with upper management staff, and his overall career goals aided in his decision to apply for the position.
“I would have to say it’s a career goal for many people who seek advancement in fire service,” Feinberg said. “I look forward to the challenges of being able to assist the department in moving forward.”
“Mike has been a part of this organization for a long time and really was a hard changer and did a lot of work for us,” said Lynnfield Fire Chief Mark Tetreault. “He was in charge of our fire prevention and emergency medical services.
“I know it’s been a goal of his for a long time to be a fire chief,” Tetreault said. “I’m glad he was able to accomplish that goal, but he will be sorely missed here in Lynnfield.”
If Feinberg accepts the position and the proposed contract, he could start as early as Feb. 22, Chelgren said.
“I’m very much looking forward to this new chapter in my career and working with all the personnel and firefighters in the town of Nahant,” Feinberg said.