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Hartford Fire and Rescue Chief Announces Retirement

Hartford Fire and Rescue Chief Paul Stephans recently announced his plan to retire.

Chief Stephans will be retiring on May 3, 2024 - which is the tentative date announced by the city of Hartford. The Police and Fire Commission recently met, and the process has started to find a new chief for the Hartford Fire and Rescue Department.

Stephans has served the city of Hartford for over 25 years. 

Hartford City Administrator Steve Volkert told WTKM News that Chief Stephans will be missed.

"Paul did a phenomenal job. He was the first full-time fire chief the City of Hartford ever had, and we are in the process of finding someone new. He will be missed."

One of many great accomplishments for Chief Stephans happened two years ago. It included moving the Hartford Fire and Rescue Department into a Paramedic level of service. The application and operational plan was approved by the Division of Public Health - Office of Preparedness and Emergency Health Care - Emergency Medical Services. This elevated status provides residents with the highest level of service from the operations of an ambulance.

Thanks to Hartford Fire and Rescue Chief Paul Stephans for being a great friend to WTKM.