STOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts’s top fire official is retiring after a long career in public safety. Friday is the last day at work for State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan.
Coan has served 20 years as the head of the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, and as state fire marshal. Prior to that, he was the director of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy.
In a statement sent to 22News, Coan says that he has particularly enjoyed working with the media to inform the public about fire dangers. He said he has worked to be available at all times.
“At each grisly fire scene, I have always tried to find a positive message that readers, viewers, or listeners could embrace to prevent a similar tragedy from happening to them,” Coan said.
Just two weeks ago, Coan was interviewed on our daily lifestyle program Mass Appeal about a statewide winter fire safety campaign.
Deputy Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey, a former fire chief in the Worcester County town of Uxbridge, will replace Coan as the new state fire marshal.