East Providence mayor appoints new fire chief
East Providence, RI – The city of East Providence has named Glenn J. Quick as Chief of the East Providence Fire Department effective Nov. 18, 2019.
After a recommendation by a panel of fire officials and interviewing candidates, Mayor Bob DaSilva has appointed Quick to the position of chief.
“The process enabled the panel and me to learn firsthand of the incredible talent pool of leaders with the East Providence Fire Department,” Mayor DaSilva added.
“Glenn Quick has decades of experience in the fire service and is well-respected amongst his brothers and sisters in the fire service and has proven his teamwork and extraordinary leadership skills,” DaSilva said.
“I would like to thank Mayor DaSilva for giving me the opportunity to lead the men and women of this great department,” Quick said. “It will be my job to promote a safe and healthy work environment for our firefighters and deliver the best services to our citizens.”
Quick, who has served as Acting Chief since September 2019, has been in fire service for more than 30 years.
A recipient of the Commendation of Merit award for heroic rescues, Quick began his career as a firefighter with the East Providence Fire Department in 1987 and has risen through the ranks to assistant fire marshal, engine lieutenant, fire marshal, engine captain, battalion chief of operations, battalion chief of the hazardous materials team, battalion chief of fire department personnel and acting chief before being appointed Fire Chief.
During his time with the department, Quick established a 35-member Hazardous Materials Team and served as team leader. Quick also served as chairman of the Grants Committee, where he was able to secure $16 million in federal, state and local grants.
Quick was also responsible for overseeing code compliance for a number of businesses within the city of East Providence and served on numerous state and local specialty committees including the Hazmat and Local Emergency Planning Committee.
In addition to his duties with the EPFD, Quick currently serves as a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators (RI Chapter) and has served as a member of the International Fire Service Training Association, the Rhode Island Fire Chiefs Association, and chairman of the Union Executive Board Local 850.
Quick earned his Associate of Fire Science degree at Community College of Rhode Island.
When he isn’t at the firehouse or out at a scene, you can find Chief Quick spending time with family and friends, playing ice hockey or watching the New England Patriots.