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Poquonnock Bridge Appoints New Chief

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GROTON, CT - On Wednesday, December 6th, the Poquonnock Bridge Fire Department held a retirement and promotional ceremony at the Active Living Center in Groton. Fire Chief Timothy Driscoll retired after 26 years with the Poquonnock Bridge Fire Department and turned over the reigns to Chief Jeffrey Rheaume.

Chief Driscoll began volunteering at the Niantic Fire Department in 1987 and then got hired four years later by the Naval Submarine Base Fire Department in Groton. He then went on to work for the Poquonnock Bridge Fire Department in 1997 and was promoted to captain on September 11th, 2001. He made deputy chief in 2015 and chief in 2021.

Chief Rheaume grew up in Waterford where his father Alan was a volunteer chief with the Oswegatchie Fire Company. At the age of 15, Chief Rheaume started as a cadet with the Jordan Fire Company in Waterford. He then went on to work 2 years as a firefighter at the Naval Submarine Base before moving on to the New London Fire Department. After 27 years with New London, Rheaume retired as the Battalion Chief on 2 Shift. He has been teaching about natural gas responses with Eversource since May and is happy to be a part of the fire service again.

We are glad you are back as an active leader in the fire service and look forward to working with you!

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