Brian Sipe joined the Township as the new Fire/Rescue Chief on Tuesday, September 8th.
The Township is fortunate to have Chief Sipe join our team, as he has over 20 years of firefighting experience, most recently spending the past seven years serving as the Fire Chief for Spring Lake’s Fire Department. Additionally, Chief Sipe has degrees in public safety, healthcare management, and architectural construction.
Chief Sipe and his wife, Samantha, have been married for 20 years. Together they have three boys. Their entire family will soon be moving into the Township.
Some of the challenges facing the new chief include:
- Examining options to increase staffing – especially during daytime hours, when part-time staff are less available to respond to emergencies; and,
- Examining options to renovate or raze the 25-year old fire/rescue station that no longer has sufficient space due to the increase in emergency runs and operations.
And, finally, KUDOS to Captain Shawn Shrader – who has been the interim Chief for the past several months. Captain Shrader is recognized for doing an exceptional job managing the department during the previous five months.