FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 22, 2021
Announces New Kingston Fire Department Chief
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is
pleased to announce that he has appointed Kingston Fire Department Assistant
Chief Chris Rea as the new Fire Chief.
Rea has completed 35 years with the
Kingston Fire Department, and has been the Assistant Fire Chief for 18 years.
He has also lead the Kingston Fire Investigation Unit and the Hazardous
Materials Response Team. Rea was an Ulster County fire investigator for 20
years, and from 1998-2002 was the Chief Fire Investigator. He is a New York
State and Ulster County Fire Instructor and teaches courses at FDNY.
“Chris Rea has devoted his career to the
Kingston Fire Department, and is most knowledgeable about the department’s
day-to-day operations and current firefighting techniques,” said Mayor Noble.
“We are pleased that he will be guiding the department going forward and
welcome Chief Rea to his new post.”
“I want to thank Mayor Noble for giving me
this opportunity to head the department in which I’ve been a part of for 35
yrs. I look forward to continuing to do what is best for the citizens of
Kingston as well as for the fire service,” said Chief Rea.
In addition to his service to the Kingston
Fire Department, Rea has been a fast pitch softball coach for over 15 years,
including as a Manager for the Dutchess Community College team for 11 years,
where he lead the team to the National Championship Series three years in a