The Recorder – Leverett gets new fire chief


Published: 6/27/2021 6:00:19 PM

LEVERETT — Brian Cook, previously deputy chief of the Leverett Fire Department, is now the town’s fire chief.

Cook was sworn into the position earlier this month by Town Clerk Lisa Stratford after the Selectboard voted in May to dispense with a search and advertisement, and appointed him to succeed John Ingram.

Ingram recently departed after more than six years at the helm to become Belchertown’s fire chief.

In addition to his work for the Fire Department, Cook also owns and operates Calm Computing, a technology support and consulting company.

Cook began his career as a call firefighter for the Amherst Fire Department in November 2012, joined the Leverett department in September 2016 and was promoted to deputy chief in February 2017.

“Chief Ingram was and continues to be a great mentor for me and I have learned a vast amount of knowledge from him,” Cook wrote in an email.

Last winter, Cook received accreditation from the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission based on his experience, education and training, holding several national certifications. He also completed the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program and obtained a master’s degree in public administration specializing in emergency management from Anna Maria College in Paxton.

The Leverett Fire Department has 15 members, most of whom are on call, who respond to medical and fire calls, including 180 emergency calls in 2020. The department also conducts required inspections and teaches fire safety to both children and senior citizens through the SAFE (Student Awareness of Fire Education) and Senior SAFE programs.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.

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