Asst. Fire Chief Goonan in line to replace Burkush

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MANCHESTER, NH — Assistant Fire Chief Dan Goonan is next in line to take over as Fire Chief for the city of Manchester when Chief James Burkush retires May 1.

Asst. Fire Chief Dan Goonan
Asst. Fire Chief Dan Goonan

Goonan’s name was put forth officially during the April 5 Board of Aldermen meeting. His proposed annual salary would be $133,124.53.

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen will take up the matter during their April 19 meeting.

About Goonan:

Assistant Chief Goonan has been a member of the Manchester Fire Department since December 1984. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1996, Captain in 2000 and District Chief in 2003. In April of 2008 he was promoted to Deputy Chief in charge of Administration, Fire Prevention, Dispatch and Maintenance Divisions. In May of 2015, he was promoted to Assistant Chief.

Goonan is a NH State Firefighter Level II, Hazard Materials Technician, Fire Service Instructor, and Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician. He also serves as the Manchester Fire Departments Fitness Coordinator and is an ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified Peer Fitness Trainer. He has completed the Management Curriculum at the National Fire Academy.

He serves as the City of Manchester’s Deputy Director of Emergency Management, coordinating activities in the Emergency Operations Center, Grant Writing, and Seabrook Station Reception Center activities. He has served on City and State committees concerning Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

He holds a B .S. in Publc Safety Adminstration from Granite State College.


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