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Posted on: April 16, 2018

Press Release: New Rescue Chief Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                           Colchester, Vermont – April 16, 2018


Town of Colchester Announces Selection of New Rescue Chief


The Town of Colchester has appointed Scott Crady as the Town’s new Rescue Chief. Scott comes to Colchester Rescue with over 30 years of volunteer and career fire and emergency medical service related experience, including 20 years of employment at the City of Burlington Fire Department. Scott has served the last 4 years as Burlington Fire Department’s Battalion Chief of Training and Safety.

Scott was chosen from a pool of strong candidates by a team that included Colchester Rescue volunteer member Harry Fell, Colchester Rescue Assistant Chief, Becky Alemy, Colchester Rescue Chief Amy Akerlind, Deputy Town Manager Aaron Frank, and Human Resource Manager Sherry LaBarge.

Deputy Town Manager Aaron Frank stated: “’Scott has served as a career member and volunteer member in fire and emergency medical services.  He understands the challenges and opportunities of a professional rescue squad staffed with both volunteer and career staff.  Scott was highly recommended by others in the fire and emergency medical field. He is the right person to continue the strong work of Colchester Rescue’s first career chief, Amy Akerlind.”

Chief Akerlind explained that “Scott has been very active in the EMS District, and currently serves as the Vice-Chair.  He knows the current issues facing EMS, and will be a strong leader for Colchester”.

Scott noted, “It is an honor to be selected to work with the exceptional volunteer and career staff at Colchester Rescue. I look forward to working alongside each and every one of them to continue Colchester Rescues outstanding reputation within the community.”

Scott resides in Grand Isle with his wife, Janelle; they have three children, Sydney, Sullivan and Coleman, all of whom attended Colchester High School.

Current Rescue Chief Amy Akerlind is stepping down from her role on May 31, 2018. As the incoming Rescue Chief, Scott will start working closely with Amy on May 11th to ensure a smooth transition.  He will then assume his duties as Rescue Chief on June 1, 2018.

Contact Information: Aaron Frank, Deputy Town Manager,  afrank@colchestervt.gov, 802-264-5509

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