2015-02-06 / Community

Fire chief selected as chairman of Maine EMS

Kennebunk Fire Chief Jeffrey Rowe has been elected chairman of the board of emergency medical services for the Department of Public Safety, Maine EMS.

Like all members of the EMS board, Rowe was appointed by the governor to serve a three-year term. His ascension to the chairman’s role came courtesy of his peers, who elect their own internal governing structure.

The EMS board is responsible for creating operating rules for Maine’s emergency medical services and for monitoring the EMS system statewide. That task includes, through the board’s executive director and staff, the licensing, inspecting and, when necessary, investigating of Maine’s many EMS personnel.

Rowe has been fire chief since May 2014, when he was hired to replace the retiring chief, Steve Nichols. Prior to taking the top fire job in Kennebunk, Rowe was a firefighter in Sanford for 35 years, including his final three years there as chief. He also served as a volunteer firefighter in Kennebunk from 1997 to 2010.

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