The Village of New Boston has a new fire chief, Chris Davis who has been with the department for 22 years. Davis moved into the position after the retirement of former Chief John Williams. Williams retired on March 24 after 30 years of service with the Village.
As chief, Davis says he hopes to see the department improve to become the best it can possibly be.
“In the past three years, we’ve gotten a whole new department,” Davis explained. “I’ve got some good guys, but they’re young guys.”
Davis says that he hopes to see the department gain more training and education and new equipment, he explained. He also hopes to continue to grow better relationships with other departments. The new chief explained that New Boston Fire Department (NBFD) works closely with the Portsmouth Fire Department as well as area police.
“We all work together and help each other out,” he commented.
Davis has lived his entire life in New Boston, is a veteran and is married with two adult children. He began his firefighting career on the edge of a major life change. He was getting laid off from his other job, and the fire chief at that time approached him, asking him directly to come join the department.
“I’ll give it a go,” Davis remembers answering.
He then went on to join the NBFD with no prior thoughts of being a firefighter. However, once on the job, he found that he could not be happier anywhere else. Apparently, life knew the right path for him.
“I like the guys. I like the job,” Davis commented as to what has kept him on the department for so much of his life.
Even after all those years, Davis says he never planned to become chief.
“It just kind of happened all of a sudden,” he stated.
With all the recent staffing changes within the NBFD and the announcement of William’s retirement, the position presented itself as an option for Davis. Before making any decisions, Davis said he went and talked to the mayor about the position. After gaining a clear understanding of the requirements, Davis decided moving into the chief position would be the best fit for his currently lifestyle.
“We are a small department,” Davis explained.
Being small, there are only two guys on duty at one time. The guys are on duty for long hours, and do a physically demanding job.
“I’m getting older. It gets me out of the hard work,” Davis stated about the transition.
He added that, of course, he will miss the work.
“It’s a rush to go to a fire,” Davis said, but he added that the 40 hour, five day work week has its appeal.
Davis also has much to offer to his new role. With more than two decades of experience, he has a clear understanding of how the department works and needs while also being able to mentor the younger men on the force. Though he says that he is still adjusting to the role, he is confident in the future of the department and his abilities as chief.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1930.