Fire Administration

Steve M. Buxton

Chief of Department

Chief Steve Buxton

Chief Steve M. Buxton boasts a distinguished career as a professional Fire Fighter, commencing in 1992. His journey led him to join Nashua Fire Rescue in December of 1996, where he has since demonstrated unwavering commitment and leadership.

Throughout his tenure, Chief Buxton has achieved notable milestones, reflecting his dedication to the fire service. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2004, ascending further to the position of Captain in 2013. His exemplary service led to his appointment as Deputy Fire Chief in April of 2018, followed by assuming the role of Assistant Chief in September 2020. In March 2022, Chief Buxton reached the pinnacle of his career, taking on the esteemed position of Chief of Nashua Fire Rescue.

Chief Buxton is an original member of the Nashua Fire Rescue Dive Team and the SMART Hazardous Materials Response Team. His contributions to the Dive Team are particularly noteworthy, having served as Dive Team Captain from 2012 until his promotion to Deputy Chief in 2018.

Academically, Chief Buxton is well-credentialed, holding an Associate’s degree in Fire Science from New Hampshire Technical College in Laconia, NH. In 2017, he furthered his education, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Fire Science from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts. His pursuit of continuous learning aligns with his commitment to excellence in fire service.

Chief Buxton's commitment extends beyond his professional life. He and his wife, Heidi, reside in the city and take pride in their two grown children.

Mark Wholey

Assistant Fire Chief of Emergency Services

DFC Mark Wholey

Assistant Fire Chief Mark Wholey is a seasoned professional with a rich history in fire services, currently leading the Emergency Services Division. Having contributed significantly to both the Gilmanton and Hudson, NH Fire Departments, he joined Nashua Fire Rescue in 2001, marking the beginning of a distinguished career.

Throughout his career, Assistant Chief Wholey has ascended the ranks, showcasing his commitment and expertise. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant in 2008, Captain in 2015, Deputy Chief in 2022, and assumed the role of Assistant Fire Chief in October 2023.

A scholar in his field, Assistant Chief Wholey holds a B.S in Fire Service Administration from Eastern Oregon University and a Master's in Public Administration (MPA) with a specialization in Emergency Management from Anna Maria College. Further, he completed the prestigious Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

In his current role, Assistant Chief Wholey oversees all facets of emergency services within the organization, including fire suppression, emergency medical services, training/safety, and fire alarm communications, showcasing his comprehensive leadership and management skills.

Assistant Chief Wholey has served on the Executive Board of IAFF 789, holding the position of Steward-at-large for several years. Additionally, he demonstrated his commitment by serving three terms as President of the Nashua Firemen’s Relief Association.

Assistant Chief Wholey resides in Nashua with his wife, Kelli, and their two children.

Adam J. Pouliot

Assistant Fire Chief of Professional Standards


Assistant Chief Pouliot joined Nashua Fire Rescue in May of 1999, serving in the suppression division for 12 years as the MPO of Engine Co. 2 and Engine Co. 6. He was a member of the SMART hazardous materials team for many years. In 2012, he transitioned to the Fire Marshal's Office as a Fire Inspector and Investigator. in 2016, he was promoted to Fire Marshal, overseeing the division.

His journey in emergency services began as a paramedic with various private ambulance services, including Rockingham Ambulance and Diluzio Ambulance. Additionally, he dedicated his time to the volunteer fire department in Webster, NH, where he eventually served as Fire Chief for three years.

Throughout his tenure, he also held the role of Director of the Nashua Fireman’s Relief Association, contributing significantly to the department's welfare and safety initiatives. 

Assistant Chief Pouliot resides in Amherst with his wife Kelly and their three children AJ, Robert, and Kaitlyn.

Michael J. Curran

Deputy Chief - Group 2 Shift Commander


Deputy Chief Curran is the shift commander of Group 2. He comes from a long line of firefighters, with his great-grandfather serving the Lowell (MA) Fire Department and father retiring as Chief of Department with the Chelmsford (MA) Fire Department. Inspired by his father's dedication, Curran pursued a career in firefighting, ultimately joining the Nashua Fire Rescue department in 2004. 

Deputy Chief Curran was promoted to Lieutenant in 2015, assigned to Engine Co. 4. In 2022, he was promoted to Captain of the Airport Fire Station. 

Deputy Curran is a graduate of Norwich University where he studied History. Later, he attended Anna Maria College, earning a Master's Degree in Public Administration - Emergency Services. 

Throughout his career, Curran held various positions within the department and served on the Nashua Fire Rescue honor guard for a decade. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2015 and then to Captain in 2021, during which time he also earned a Masters of Public Administration in Emergency Services. Currently, Curran serves as the shift commander for group 2.

Deputy Chief Curran resides in Hollis with his wife Jamie, and their two daughters. 

Robert Barrows

Deputy Chief -  Group 3 Shift Commander

DFC Bob Barrows

Deputy Chief Robert Barrows, currently serving as the Shift Commander of Group 3 at Nashua Fire Rescue, boasts a wealth of experience and dedication to the firefighting profession. His journey with the department commenced in March 1992, and since then, he has played pivotal roles in various capacities.

With a proven track record of leadership, Deputy Chief Barrows has served as Lieutenant and Captain, showcasing his commitment to the department's mission and the well-being of his colleagues. His exemplary service and dedication were further recognized when he was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief in February 2022.

Beyond his operational responsibilities, Deputy Chief Barrows contributed significantly to the firefighter community by serving as the Secretary-Treasurer of IAFF Local 789 for several years. In this role, he played a crucial part in ensuring the welfare and interests of his fellow firefighters.

Deputy Chief Barrows is not only a leader within the department but also finds fulfillment in his personal life. He resides in Nashua with his wife, Donna, creating a stable and supportive home environment. The couple takes pride in their family, with four grown children who have likely inherited their commitment to service and excellence.

Kevin  Kerrigan

Deputy Chief - Group 4 Shift Commander

Deputy Chief Kevin Kerrigan

Deputy Chief Kevin Kerrigan, serving as the Shift Commander of Group 4, is a seasoned professional with a longstanding commitment to Nashua Fire Rescue. Joining the department in 1987, Deputy Kerrigan has steadily risen through the ranks, showcasing his dedication and expertise.

His journey within the department includes significant milestones, with promotions to Lieutenant in 1999 and Captain in 2007. In June 2011, he achieved the rank of Deputy Chief, a position he currently holds.

In his role as Shift Commander, Deputy Kerrigan not only manages the operational aspects of Group 4 but also oversees all firefighting tools and equipment. His multifaceted responsibilities extend to grant writing and administration for Nashua Fire Rescue, showcasing his commitment to securing resources for the department's ongoing success.

An integral member of the team, Deputy Kerrigan is a certified Hazardous Materials Technician within the SMART Hazardous Materials Response Team. His expertise in this area contributes significantly to the department's preparedness and response capabilities.

Beyond his hands-on experience, Deputy Kerrigan is academically accomplished. He attended North Shore Community College-Beverly, earning an Associate's Degree in Fire Science. His commitment to continuous learning is evident in the numerous state and national certifications he has acquired throughout his career.