Today is Danbury Fire Chief Geoff Herald's last official day on the job. He retiring after 40 years of service to Danbury. Herald joined the Germantown Volunteer Fire Department in 1974. He was appointed to the City's career department as a firefighter in 1979 and named Chief in 2007.
At this City Council meeting last week Herald was presented with a plaque from the City thanking him for his years of dedicated service. Herald was overcome with emotions saying he appreciates the gesture, has been honored humbled to serve as the chief with the best firefighters.
Herald is certified by the Center for Public Safety Excellence as a Chief Fire Officer. The designation recognizes fire officers who have demonstrated excellence and outstanding achievement throughout their career. Those with the designation have developed a strategy for continued career improvement and development and have the educational and technical competencies necessary to meet the demands of today's society.
There are 994 chiefs nationwide with the certification. The only other active Connecticut Fire Chief on that list is from Enfield. Former Ridgefield Chief Heather Burford holds the designation as well.
Herald holds a Bachelor's Degree from Western Connecticut State University in social sciences, an Associate's Degree from Waterbury State Technical College in fire sciences and a Master's Degree from Eastern Kentucky University in safety, security and emergency management.