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Longtime Lebanon fire chief set to retire

  • Lebanon Fire Chief Chris Christopoulos talks about the direction fire trucks would leave a proposed station at the intersection of Maple and Tracy Streets in West Lebanon, N.H., during a meeting with residents on July 19, 2021. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Geoff Hansen

Staff report
Published: 9/30/2022 8:21:53 PM
Modified: 9/30/2022 8:17:41 PM

LEBANON — Lebanon Fire Chief Chris Christopoulos announced his retirement on Friday after 40 years of service as a career firefighter, including 20 in the city of Lebanon.

Christopoulos, who joined the Lebanon Fire Department in 2002 as a deputy fire chief and was promoted to fire chief and emergency manager director in 2007, will serve his last day as the city department’s chief on Oct. 28.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Lebanon, both as Fire Chief and as a member of the community,” Christopoulos said in a written retirement announcement. “I am extremely proud of the men and women of the Lebanon Fire Department. I will certainly miss them and many friends. After 40 years in the Fire and Emergency services, I am looking forward to this new opportunity.”

Christopoulos began his fire service career in 1982 as a volunteer firefighter in his hometown of Wallingford, Ct. Christopoulous became a full-time firefighter and paramedic in West Haven, Ct. in 1988 and served in Rindge, NH as fire chief and building inspector prior to accepting an offer in Lebanon.

During his tenure in Lebanon, Christopoulos spearheaded the creation of a municipal fiber-optic communication system interconnecting all city and school buildings and a mobile integrated health care program providing in-home care for residents suffering from chronic ailments or who need additional medical support between appointments. In August Christopoulos received West Central Behavioral Health’s Lilla McLane-Bradley Award for Mental Health Advocacy for his work with state officials and Upper Valley communities to expand services for people who are experiencing a mental health crisis or substance use disorder.

City Manager Shaun Mullholland told the Valley News that the city is still developing a succession plan but expects to select a new fire chief prior to Christopoulos’s departure.

“Chris is a dedicated public servant who has served this city as a leader for over 20 years,” Mullholland said in a written statement. “He is a leader in the fire service in our state, and nationally. He will be greatly missed. We wish him well in his retirement ventures.”


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