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Rick Prinz named West Chester Township fire chief

Post Date:12/17/2015 9:00 AM

Rick Prinz was appointed to the position of fire chief during the Dec. 15 West Chester Board of Trustee meeting.

Prinz served as interim fire chief after the retirement of Tony Goller earlier this year.

“Rick Prinz completely and ably performed the duties as fire chief during this interim period and it was with great pleasure that I recommended his appointment,” West Chester Township Administrator Judi Boyko said. 

Prinz appointed ceremonyPrinz’s father, Peter, and daughter, Dayna, participated in the pinning ceremony at Tuesday’s meeting.

“One word cannot describe what it means to be named chief,” Prinz said. “Leading this department and the men and women who serve on it means the world to me.”

Prinz has been with the West Chester Fire Department since 1990. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2000 and captain in 2003. In 2007, Prinz was promoted to assistant chief and began to oversee fire operations activities.

“Living in the community provides a good perspective of the community’s needs and expectations in terms of service,” said Prinz, a 20-year resident. “I interact with residents on a regular basis because they are my neighbors.”

Prinz said his goals include developing future leaders within the department and improving the recruiting and retention process.

The fire chief oversees the operations of West Chester Fire Department, which employs 124 career and part-time firefighters/paramedics/EMTs and five administrative personnel including two assistant chiefs; and encompasses the operations of five fire stations in the Township.

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