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New Seminole fire chief selected
Article published on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013
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Heather Burford, currently the fire chief for the Ridgefield Fire Department in Connecticut, has been offered the position of chief for Seminole Fire Rescue. Her start date is slated for January 13, 2014.
SEMINOLE – The city of Seminole Fire Rescue has hired a new fire chief.

The city has made a conditional offer of employment to Heather Burford, fire chief for the Ridgefield Fire Department in Connecticut, said City Manager Frank Edmunds. Burford has accepted the offer and her anticipated start date is January 13, 2014. Her starting salary is $91,000.

“Ms. Burford is an enthusiastic mid-career professional who responded well during our selection process,” Edmunds wrote in an email to the members of City Council.

She steps up to replace George Bessler, who served as fire chief in Seminole for three years before retiring in August. He currently serves as the training chief with East Lake Fire Department. Burford has more than 24 years of experience in fire service. She spent seven of those years as fire chief in Ridgefield. She joined the RFD to take on the position of chief in 2006.

The RFD delivers fire, advanced life support, technical rescue, prevention and educational services to a community of over 25,000 residents. Burford oversaw a staff that consists of both career and volunteer members, including 37 full-time fire/EMS personnel, nine fire/EMS dispatchers and a volunteer contingent of 57 members.

Prior to her position in Ridgefield, she was a member of the Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS Department in Manchester, Conn. Over 13 years, she worked her way from firefighter/paramedic to fire lieutenant and finally battalion chief. Before this, she spent two years as an emergency medical technician for Danbury Ambulance Services in Danbury, Conn.

She earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Connecticut in 2010.
Article published on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013
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