Franklin Fire Leaves Civil Service, Restructures
Sep 02, 2020 11:07AM
By J.D. O’Gara
On July 22, 2020, at Franklin Fire Headquarters at 40 West Central Street in Franklin, the town of Franklin celebrated the promotion of 11 new officers promoted by rank as well as welcomed the addition of a new firefighter/paramedic. The event included a processional with Lt. Scott Keefe of the Milford Fire Department and Worcester Fire Brigade on bag pipes, the National Anthem sung by Liz Cassidy, and invocation by Chaplain Rick Marcoux. Deputy Chief James P. Klich opened the event, which featured Franklin Fire Chief James G. McLaughlin and Franklin Town Administrator Jamie Hellen as speakers.
“This ceremony was a bit unusual due to the large amount of officers promoted,” says Chief McLaughlin. “The reason is that we just completed a major restructure of the Department, which includes four new Battalion Chiefs, which is a brand new rank for the Department.”
The restructuring of the Department comes as a result of the Franklin Fire Department’s departure from the Massachusetts Civil Service hiring system. The Department now has four Battalian Chiefs, four shift Captains, one EMS Captain, four Lieutenants and 36 Firefighters (which is planned to eventually increase to 40).
Battalion Chief Charles Allen
Battalian Chief Thomas Carlucci
Battalian Chief Keith Darling
Battalian Chief Steven Sims
Captain William Blanchard
Captain Thomas Konieczny
Captain Sean Lovely
Captain Kevin Marshall
Lieutenant Paul Molla
Lieutenant Laurie Roy
Lieutenant David Smith
Firefighter/Paramedic Dylan Voss
The Franklin Fire Department receives about 4,500 calls a year, with most for emergency medical services.