Installation for Seekonk’s New Fire Chief
David Rave was sworn in as the town’s new Fire Chief at a ceremony held recently at the Public Safety headquarters. Rave was appointed at the August 5 Board of Selectmen meeting. Rave was a Battalion Chief from East Providence with 35 years experience. There were 29 applicants for the position. “I learned from everyone that I worked with and worked for and guys that worked under me too,” Rave said. “Sometimes they teach you the greatest lessons of all.”
“As Battalion Chief, he was highly regarded among his peers and had an outstanding reputation for his experience and leadership,” said Selectmen Chairman Justin Sullivan. State Representative Steven Howitt, R-Seekonk, and State Senator Paul Feeney, D-Walpole, also paid tribute to Rave. “Being a public servant is not easy in normal times,” Feeney said. “But during these times when there’s trepidation in the midst of a pandemic and a public health crisis, communities like Seekonk look to our leaders. I know they have chosen the right person here in Seekonk to lead this department.”
Former Fire Chief Michael Healy retired in May 2019 but had remained in the position during the search process for a replacement. The installation ceremony can be viewed at various times on TV9 Seekonk.