Charles Flynn may have spent his childhood crawling around under the tables in his dad’s firehouse, but now he sits behind a desk - as the new fire chief in Suffield.
“I grew up around (the station),” Flynn said. “I consider myself a ‘firehouse brat.’ Everything revolved around the volunteer fire service.”
He followed in his dad’s footsteps and knew it was the right move on one of his first big fires.
“Some senior members took me under their wing and taught me the tools of the trade and from that moment on I was hooked,” Flynn said. “This is definitely me. Some of it is an adrenaline rush... but you also realize that what you do to help (a fire victim) on what is their worst possible day, is what is really important.”
Flynn has 30 years fire-fighting experience in Wethersfield, serving most recently as the volunteer chief while working as a field contractor for AT&T. He retired from the fire department there as of Sunday and was sworn as the new Suffield chief during a ceremony held on Sunday.
“This is a great opportunity,” Flynn said. “The guys here have been phenomenal.”
Flynn has a son, Brendan, 10, and daughter, Fallon, 8. He plans to make the move from Wethersfield to Suffield soon.
“I prefer to move here and become part of the community,” he said.
Flynn takes over the position from Interim Fire Chief Mike Thibedeau who will now resume duties as Fire Marshall. Thibedeau was interim chief following the retirement of long-time Chief Thomas Bellmore earlier this year.