Hyannis Deputy Fire Chief Dean Melanson to Retire May 31st

Over 34 years of service to citizens of Hyannis...
Hyannis Fire Department's Deputy Chief, Dean L. Melanson. (HFD photo)

From the Hyannis Fire Department:

After serving over 34 years on the Hyannis Fire Department, Deputy Chief Dean L. Melanson has announced his plans to retire effective May 31st, 2019.

His career spans the following achievements and promotional history:

  • January 1, 1985 Hired on HyFD as Lieutenant, Fire Prevention Officer
  • February 20, 1990 Promoted to Shift Lieutenant
  • August 6, 1998 Promoted to Shift Captain
  • January 2, 1999 Promoted to Deputy Chief (under Chief Harold Brunelle)
  • January 8, 2017 – July 23, 2017 Promoted to Acting Chief of Department
  • July 24, 2017 Returned to Deputy Chief position
  • May 31, 2019 Forecasted Retirement Date (after 34 Years and 5 months)

Prior Fire Service included:

  • Jan 1975 – August 1981 Acton Auxiliary FD
  • Dec 1977 – June 1981 Acton Call FD
  • July 1978 – June 1985 Stow FD (Auxiliary and Call FF)

Other Affiliations:

  • Instructor, MA Fire Academy
  • Instructor, Barnstable County Fire Academy
  • Instructor, Fire Science Division, Cape Cod Community College

In his announcement to the members of the department, the Deputy stated, “Working for the Hyannis Fire Department has been the best experience of my life. This job is awesome because of all of you, the current and past members of the Department, who work tirelessly every day to provide service and care to everyone in Hyannis. It is because of your hard work that the Hyannis Fire Department is such a well-respected and professional department … During my thirty-four years, I believe we have worked very hard to continue those efforts producing a modern, strong and professional department. There is still much work to be done and I know that all of you are the right people to continue this work. You will continue to provide a strong foundation for the future of this Department and will continue to take it to great places, of this, I am sure.”


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