Steven G. GalipeauChiefOne June 1, 2015 Steven G. Galipeau became the 13th Fire Chief for the City of Nashua Fire Rescue. Chief Galipeau is a Nashua native and a second generation Nashua Fire Rescue firefighter. His father, Wilfred Galipeau, served Nashua Fire Rescue from 1958 to 1983.
In March of 1980, Chief Galipeau was appointed to the position of Firefighter in the City of Nashua and has risen through the ranks over the past 35 years. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1996, Captain in 2000, Deputy Chief in 2007 and Assistant Chief in 2011.
During his time with Nashua Fire Rescue, Chief Galipeau has held a variety of auxiliary positions within the department. He was an original member of the SMART Hazardous Materials Response Team as a certified Hazardous Materials Technician and has held positions with the Nashua Fireman's Relief Association and the Nashua Fire Rescue Awards Committee. He was the Department's representative during the development stages of the Kronos Project and has represented Nashua in the Local Emergency Planning Committee and the Souhegan Mutual Aid Association.
Chief Galipeau earned an associate's degree in Fire Science from New Hampshire Technical College - Laconia and a bachelor's degree in Fire Service Administration from Granite State College. He also holds a certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency/Disaster Management from Rivier College and participated in the Leadership Greater Nashua Program in 2010.
Brian D. RhodesAssistant ChiefAssistant Chief Rhodes is a native of Danielson, Connecticut and began his career with Nashua Fire Rescue in1987. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2000. Captain in 2004, and Deputy Chief in 2011 and his current position in June of 2015. Assistant Chief Rhodes oversees the daily operations of Emergency Service, Support Services as well as maintaining all department facilities.
Assistant Chief Rhodes graduated from New Hampshire Vocational Technical College - Laconia with an Associate's Degree in Fire Science and a B.S. in Public Service Management from Granite State College. He has attended the National Fire Academy and successfully graduated from both the Fire Service Financial Management and Executive Planning programs. Assistant Chief Rhodes served as a State Representative from 2008-2014 representing Nashua Ward 3 in the New Hampshire General Court.
Assistant Chief Rhodes and his wife Mary reside is the city and have two grown children, Kelsey and Patrick.
Glen MacDonaldDeputy Chief - Group 1 Shift CommanderDeputy Chief MacDonald is the Shift Commander of Group 1. He was appointed to Nashua Fire Rescue as a Firefighter in March 1984. He was promoted to Lieutenant in January 1992, to Captain in 2004 and to Deputy Chief in July 2015.
Deputy MacDonald holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Service Administration from the State University of new York at Empire State College. He holds an Associates of Science Degree in Fire Science from Bristol Community College.
Deputy MacDonald holds several state and national certifications. He is a member of the SMART Hazardous Materials Response Team as a certified Hazardous Materials Technician. He was the Captain of the hazmat team from 2005 to 2013. He holds several certifications as a rescue diver. He is one of the original dive team members. He served as the dive team Captain from 2004 to 2009.
George A. WalkerDeputy Chief - Group 2 Shift CommanderDeputy Chief George Walker currently serves as the Group 2 Shift Commander. Deputy Walker began his career with Nashua Fire Rescue in September of 1987. He was promoted to Lieutenant in October, 1999, Captain in April of 2004, and to the rank of Deputy Chief in June, 2015.
Deputy Walker is a member of the SMART Hazardous Materials Response Team as a certified Hazardous Materials Technician. Deputy Walker served as the Captain of Station 1 - Amherst Street Station for 8 years.
Deputy Walker has earned an Associate Degree in Fire Science from North Shore Community College, as well as numerous national and State of New Hampshire Certifications.
Deputy Walker resides in Nashua with his wife Lynn, and his 2 daughters, Ashley and Amanda.
Karl GerhardDeputy Chief - Group 3 Shift CommanderDeputy Chief Karl P. Gerhard currently serves as the Group 3rd Shift Commander. A professional Fire Fighter since 1990, he joined Nashua Fire Rescue in April, 1992. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2001, Captain in 2007, and to his current rank of Deputy Fire Chief in September, 2012.
Deputy Chief Gerhard holds multiple dive certifications and served as the Captain of the Nashua Fire Rescue Dive Team from 2009 until his promotion in 2012. He is also a member of the SMART Hazardous Materials Response Team as a certified Hazardous Materials Technician. In addition to numerous state and national certifications, he holds an Associate’s degree in Fire Science from New Hampshire Technical College in Laconia, NH. In 2016 he received his Bachelor's Degree in Public Service Management from Granite State College.
Deputy Gerhard currently oversees the Souhegan Mutual Aid Response Team (SMART - Hazardous Materials Team) as well as the Dive Team. Deputy Gerhard is Nashua Fire Rescue’s representative to the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). He is the department representative to Souhegan Mutual Fire Aid Association where he also serves on the executive board. Deputy Gerhard also serves as Nashua Fire Rescue’s representative to the New Hampshire Hazardous Material Collaborative where he serves as Vice Chair on the executive committee.
Kevin KerriganDeputy Chief - Group 4 Shift CommanderDeputy Chief Kevin Kerrigan is the Shift Commander of Group 4. Deputy Kerrigan was appointed to Nashua Fire Rescue in 1987, promoted to Lieutenant in 1999 and to Captain in 2007. In June, 2011 he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief.
In addition to his shift responsibilities, Deputy Kerrigan maintains oversight of all firefighting tools and equipment. He is also the grant writer and grant administrator for Nashua Fire Rescue.
Deputy Kerrigan is a member of the SMART Hazardous Materials Response Team as a certified Hazardous Materials Technician.
In addition to numerous state and national certifications, Deputy Kerrigan attended North Shore Community College-Beverly where he earned an Associate's Degree in Fire Science.