WILMINGTON, MA — At Monday night’s Board of Selectmen Meeting, Town Manager Jeff Hull announced the appointment of William F. Cavanaugh, III as Deputy Fire Chief for the Wilmington Fire Department.
Cavanaugh participated in an assessment center, in according with the requirements of Civil Service, which was conducted on December 6, 2017.
Deputy Fire Chief Cavanaugh has served as a Wilmington firefighter since 2007 and was promoted to Fire Lieutenant in 2014 serving as the Town’s Fire Prevention Officer. In his capacity as a certified Fire Prevention Lieutenant, he performs plan reviews, occupancy inspections and final inspections on fire alarm systems. He has been responsible for conducting quarterly inspections on nursing homes, as well as annual inspections on schools, gas stations, group homes and medical facilities. Cavanaugh has also maintained a close working relationship with the Health Director with respect to inspections of restaurants, food service establishments, and manufacturing facilities.
In 2016, Deputy Fire Chief obtained and administered a grant through the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) to assist elders. Working on the grant known as “Remembering When,” in conjunction with Elderly Services Director Terri Marciello, he completed a training regiment on instructing elders on fire and fall prevention. Cavanaugh and Marciello provided instruction to 32 seniors over a six-month period on ways to be safe in their homes. These “hands on” workshops were very well received with the elders who participated.
Prior to his employment with the Town, Mr. Cavanaugh served for over four years in the United States Navy before receiving an honorable discharge.
Cavanaugh has displayed an impressive dedication to Wilmington and its fire services. Town Manager Hull believes he will be a “great compliment and resource” to Fire Chief Joe McMahon.
“Good things happen to good people,” responded Selectman Chair Mike Champoux upon hearing the news. “A good thing is happening to a good man here.”
Cavanaugh assumes the role of Deputy Fire Chief effective April 27, 2018.
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