Only months after retiring from the Stamford Fire Department, in Stamford, Connecticut, Robert McGrath has returned to active duty as the Fire Chief of the Stratford Fire Department, in Stratford, Connecticut. After serving in the Stamford Fire Department for 41-years, and in the past 11-years in the capacity of Stamford Fire Chief, McGrath made the move only a few miles away to Stratford, Connecticut this past September.
While McGrath has found the Stratford Fire Department to be well-run and well-organized, he has already begun work on updating the department’s technology, equipment and fire apparatus as he had during his early years as the Chief of the Stamford Fire Department. While the Stratford Fire Department is about a third of the size of the Stamford Fire Department, and does not have to contend with the high-rise building prevalent in Stamford, McGrath has found that two fire departments share a number of significant similarities. Both departments have to contend with the I-95 corridor and Metro-North Railroad, which involves not only vehicle incidents, but also a high level of hazardous material transportation and all the potential dangers this type of transportation presents for a fire department.
In addition to his duties as Chief of the Stratford Fire Department, McGrath was also recognized by the Connecticut’s Governor Dannel P. Malloy for his expertise and service by being tasked with working on the state’s S.T.O.R.M. (State Team Organized for the Review of Management) commission which is reviewing Connecticut’s response the Hurricane Irene last year.
We wish Chief McGrath all the best in his new position as Chief of the Stratford Fire Department. We’re sure he will maintain the same level of professionalism, safety, and dedication to his profession that served him so well as a firefighter and Chief in Stamford, Connecticut.