January 14 2020

Burlington Fire Department Promotes Own to Assistant Fire Chief, Captain and Lieutenants

By: Rich Hosford

The hearing room at Town Hall was packed with Burlington Firefighters and many family members as whopping eight current members were promoted on Monday to such positions as Assistant Fire Chief, Captain and Fire Lieutenant. 

 

The promotions were done by Town Administrator Paul Sagarino at the recommendation of Chief Michael Pattereson. 

 

Here are the list of promotions:

 

 

 

Captain Andrew J. Connerty, a 25-year member with the department, was appointed as the new Assistant Fire Chief. Patterson said he was made captain in July of 2011 and is currently the shift commander of Group Three. He previously served as the department’s training/communications captain from 2011 to 2016.

 

Connerty started as a civilian fire dispatcher in 1993 and became a full firefighter in November of 1995. He was made lieutenant in 2003 and held that rank until being promoted to captain.

 

“He’s served at every level in the department,” Patterson said. 

 

Connerty has a Bachelor of Science in Fire Administration from Waldorf University and is an accredited Massachusetts Fire Chief. He holds numerous fire service certifications and is a member of the Massachusetts Fire Training Council and the Massachusetts Institute of Fire Department Instructors. He is currently serving as secretary and was a past vice-president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 2313.


Lieutenant Steven M. McLean was promoted to Fire Captain. He has 27 years with the department and was first named lieutenant in 2002. He is currently assigned to the Fire Prevention Division and previously served as Fire Lieutenant for Group Two for 14 years. 

 

He also operates McLean & Son Construction. 

 

“His knowledge of building construction is no doubt an asset to the department,” Patterson said. 

 

McLean had previously worked as the facilities manager at Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord and received a strong letter of recommendation from the club’s general manager. He also has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Emergency Management from Rivier College.

 

 

Firefighter Michael Fontannay was promoted to Lieutenant. He also has 27 years with the department and is currently assigned as a firefighter/EMT to Group Two. He garnered some leadership experience when he served as Acting Fire Lieutenant last spring. 

 

He also is a member of the Burlington Fire Department Honor Guard and a bagpiper on Westford and District Pipes and Drums. 

 

He has a  Bachelors of Science in Urban Forestry and Arboriculture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an Associates of Science in Fire Protection and Safety Technology from Middlesex Community College.

 

“He worked as a professional tree worker and as a result is skilled with ropes and knots, which can be an asset,” Patterson said. 

 

 


Firefighter James J. Hapenney Jr., a 21-year member of the department, was promoted to Fire Lieutenant. He currently serves as a firefighter/EMT in Group Two. 

 

Happenney has served on the Executive Board of the International Association of Firefighters Local 2313 and was an active participant on the Departments Staffing Committee. 

 

He has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Special Education and Adapted Physical Education at Bridgewater State College.

 

“James received a strong letter of recommendation from Captain Tim Browne as well as Lieutenant James Sorenson,” Patterson said. “The words ‘lead by example’, ‘well respected’, and ‘role model’ were included within the letters of recommendation. 

 

He is a Second Generation Burlington Firefighter - his father James Hapenney Sr. served the community as a firefighter for 27 years.

 

 


Firefighter Shaun R. Kenney was also promoted to Fire Lieutenant. A17-year member of the department he is currently assigned as a firefighter/paramedic in Group 2. He also served as Acting Fire Lieutenant on four occasions from 2009 to 2012 for a total of one year and three months.

 

Kenney is a certified Fire Instructor I and is enrolled in Fire Officer I. He has served on the International Association of Firefighters Local 2313 Health and Safety Committee and Public Relations Committee. he was an active participant in the Departments Staffing Committee and SCBA Committee.

 

He has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration from Merrimack College and Earned an Associates of Science degree in Fire Science from Middlesex Community College. Additionally he earned an additional 30 credits in Fire Science at Columbia Southern University.

 

Also a second generation Firefighter, Kenney’s father John Kenney served as a member of the Cambridge Fire Department. 


Firefighter Craig W. Callahan was also promoted to Fire Lieutenant. He has been with the department for 11 years and is currently assigned as a firefighter/EMT to Group 3 and is also a Technician Consulting Safety Officer for Safety Partners Inc.

 

He has earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Marketing, Mass Communications from Quinnipiac University and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University.

 

He is currently a Town Meeting Member. He was also active with the Burlington Youth Lacrosse Association helping to establish Burlington’s first youth lacrosse program for children ages 8-15.

 

Callahan also comes from previous firefighters. His father William Callahan served the community as a firefighter for 30 years and his uncle Lee Callahan retired as Chief of Department in 2010.

 

 


Firefighter Ernest E. Covino III, a 17-year member of the department, was also promoted to Fire Lieutenant. He is currently assigned as a firefighter/EMT to Group Two and has worked as a CPR Instructor with Retired Fire Captain William Devereaux at Technical Medical Training for the past 16 years.

 

Covino was Vice President at Burstone Associates Inc, a snow management company for many years. 

 

He has earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Computer Science from Stonehill College.

 

“Ernie used his Computer background to assist department personnel in troubleshooting computer related issues,” Patterson said. 

 

 


Firefighter Sean P. Connors, a 22-year member of the department, was also promoted to Fire Lieutenant. He is currently assigned as a firefighter/EMT to Group Four and is a Special Police Officer for the Town of Burlington.

 

Connors worked with his father Michael Connors at Burlington Loam INC for over 15 years.

 

He is a Veteran of the United States Army where he served as a Combat Engineer.

 

Connors has earned an Associate of Science in Fire Protection and Safety Technology from Middlesex Community College.

 

He currently serves on the International Association of Firefighters Local 2313 Executive Board were he serves as Vice-President. He has been a member of numerous fire department committees including the apparatus purchasing committee. 

 

“Sean served as a member of the Fire Station Two Committee spending countless hours assisting the project team,” Patterson said.

 

He has also been an active Burlington Town Meeting Member for over 20 years.

 

Members of the Board of Selectmen praised the department and all of the firefighters promoted during the meeting.


 

 
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