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Ober takes the helm at Tilton-Northfield Fire Department



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Brad Ober Courtesy photo.
December 15, 2010
TILTON — The Tilton-Northfield fire commissioners announced last Wednesday that their search for a new fire chief was over after a three month process of applications, a series of interviews, and testing through the Local Government Center. Capt. Bradley Ober, who has been the interim deputy chief, officially took the helm Monday.

"Our search was conducted through LGC. They forwarded three candidates to us and we sat down with them and Deputy Chief Mike Robinson for the second round of interviews," commission Chairman Tom Gallant said.

After deliberations, two of those applicants were brought back for further meetings with the commission before a final decision was made.

"The result was we found Capt. Ober to be the best fit for the position of chief and I'm very pleased we were able to promote from within," Gallant said.

In a press release submitted last week Interim Chief Mike Robinson wrote that commissioners Gallant, Patrick Clark and Paul Auger felt finding a new chief within the ranks of TNFD was a credit to the quality of employees in the district. His familiarity with staff, procedures and operations within TNFD as well his knowledge of the towns of Northfield and Tilton are an added benefit to his hire, Gallant said.

Ober began his career as a fire fighter 23 years ago with the Ashland where he was named chief of the on-call fire department nearly two years ago. In that capacity he has managed budgets and overseen the business, operations and safety of thirty members of the department. He also has ten years experience as a dispatcher with Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid, retiring from there as a shift lieutenant. Ober has been with TNFD since May of 2005, serving full-time as a captain and fire prevention officer.

He holds an associate's degree in Fire Protection and Fire Science, is a Fire Officer I & II and a certified EMT-Intermediate and a Fire Inspector I. Ober is also certified as a Fire and Emergency Instructor.

"I'm very excited about the job. It's been a career goal of mine. There are a lot of challenges that lie ahead for me but this is a great department and two great communities to work with so I'm looking forward to it," Ober said.

On Dec. 13 he assumed his new role and said he will be resigning from his position as chief from the Town of Ashland. Among his first official duties as chief for TNFD will be to fill his previous position as fire prevention officer.

"I'll post that job in-house and see if anyone is interested. If we don't find a candidate it'll go to the outside but I'm hopeful we can find someone already in our department," Ober said.

He praised the men and women of TNFD for their professionalism in all they do and was grateful for their support of him in his new position.

"They're a terrific group to work with and I'm looking forward to bringing the department to the next chapter in our role within the communities of Tilton and Northfield," Ober said.

The Fire Commission invites the public to stop by the Church Street station to congratulate Ober on his promotion.

Martin Lord Osman
Varney Smith
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