Fred A. Mitchell, Jr. was sworn in to the position of Mansfield's new Fire Chief on Monday, May 10. Chief Mitchell has been serving as Chief of the Georgetown Fire Department in Georgetown, MA, a community in northeastern Massachusetts where he has filled that role since 2015.
At the Georgetown Fire Department, he was responsible for the overall operation including emergency medical services, budgeting, and personnel while also serving as the community’s assistant emergency management director. Prior to leading Georgetown’s operation, he served as Deputy Fire Chief for the Cumberland and prior to that the North Cumberland, Rhode Island, Fire Districts. He came to this career as an on-call fire fighter, then a line fire fighter and has also served as a Department Training Manager.
A native of Rhode Island, Chief Mitchell earned his Associates Degree in Applied Fire Science from the Community College of Rhode Island, plus a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Fire Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Fire and Emergency Services from Anna Maria College. He also holds numerous certifications including Emergency Medical Technician.
Mansfield Fire Department maintains an emergency response staff across three fire stations, and covers 45 square miles. The department employs about 20 full-time and part-time firefighter/EMT’s, and is supported by a staff of volunteer men and women dedicated to serving their community. Mansfield is also a mutual aid partner to local communities and the University of Connecticut’s fire department.
The Town of Mansfield initiated an active search to fill the position of Fire Chief since the announcement of Fire Chief Fran Raiola’s retirement in early January. Acting Fire Chief Andrew Franklin has led the department while the search has been undertaken, and will return to his role as Deputy Fire Marshal for the community.