Meet The Newest Member Of The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office

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Dec 112020

The Orange Fire Marshal’s office is responsible for many important safety issues throughout town. Separate from the volunteer fire department, which responds to and extinguishes fires, the Fire Marshal (Jamie Vincent) or Deputy Fire Marshal (Tim Boyer) will respond to a scene not to fight a fire, but rather, in an investigative capacity, to get to the bottom of what caused the fire.

Another very important component of the office is the fire inspector’s job. This very busy office usually employs two fire inspectors, but in early fall, it was short-handed. With the shift in assignments in the Fire Marshal’s office since Tim Smith’s passing earlier in the year — Deputy Vincent was promoted to Fire Marshal, Inspector Boyer moved up to Deputy and longtime inspector Mike Knight retired, which left a vacancy.

Introducing Joe Taylor Fire Inspector

The search for a good, qualified, responsible fire inspector was on, and in August, an application came through that checked all the boxes.

Joseph Taylor— call him “Joe” — was a Bridgeport Firefighter for 21.5 years and served in the fire marshal’s office for 7 years.

He retired in 2018 and was taking it easy and helping family members with little projects and taking care of his nieces and nephews whenever needed.

After more than a year of relaxation, COVID-19 hit, and life as he knew it changed. Retirement was boring, golf wasn’t his thing, and, at 52, it was time for Joe to get back to work.

He was looking for the right fit when the Orange inspector’s job opened up. Joe took the test and was certified when he was in Bridgeport and trained with the guys in that office. He had more than 100 fire investigations under his belt.

Working in Bridgeport, a city of 145,000 people was different from Orange (population 14,000) most of the inspections were multifamily homes, whereas in Orange the inspections are primarily businesses.

Since joining the OFM office, Joe has had a lot to learn, first and foremost, backroads.

He’s found the business owners to be nice, friendly and very cooperative.

He looks forward to doing home inspections and ensuring residents are safe in their own surroundings.

Joe said he’s happy to be back in the fire service. He loved being a firefighter and has the same feeling in this office. “It’s like a family, everyone is welcoming,” he said.

He can’t wait for COVID to be over so he can get out in the community and share in all the town events he’s heard so much about, such as the Firemen’s Carnival, Country Fair,  Fouth of July fireworks, etc.

Joe lives in Stratford with his wife of 25 years, Marcy.


Meet The New Orange Fire Marshal

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Mar 132020

Orange Fire Marshal Jamie Vincent.             (Submitted Photo)

The town of Orange has a new Fire Marshal, James “Jamie” Vincent, who served as Deputy Fire Marshal for the past 20 years, was administered the oath of office at the annual Firemen’s Dinner on Tuesday, March 10, with his family by his side.

After swearing in all of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s officers, the mood shifted as First Selectman Jim Zeoli again rose to the podium to swear Vincent in as the town’s new fire marshal.

Although the fire marshal is a town employee, the venue for the ceremony recognized the close relationship between the Fire Department and the marshal’s office.

It was an emotional few minutes as first Zeoli, then Vincent, spoke fondly about Tim Smith, Vincent’s predecessor and close friend, who died earlier this year. Vincent took the oath as Orange officers rose to attention.

Vincent began working in the fire marshal’s office as a part time fire inspector in June of 1998. He became a full time employee and the Deputy in August 1999.

Whenever Tim Smith spoke to me about retiring, he would say he had full confidence that the office would be in good hands with Jamie.

Zeoli said he waited to appoint Vincent until he (Jamie) and the town had some time to heal from the shock of Tim’s death — he passed away in a car accident on January 19.

Vincent is fully qualified and well trained for his new role. He said no extra training is required as he’d already taken the necessary courses when he joined the office.

Of his new position, he said, “I couldn’t ask for better people. Jim Zeoli, the Fire Department and the staff in the Fire Marshal’s office are all supportive and have been great.”

We wish you many good years in your new position, Jamie. We know everyone will feel welcome when they see your smiling face in the office.