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Fire service veteran and author Dennis Rubin talked yesterday (Tuesday) with WRIC-TV reporter Parker Slaybaugh about his plans when he takes over as chief of the troubled Petersburg (VA) Fire Department.
“We’re excited with Chief Rubin,” Dan Macaluso, spokesperson for the Petersburg Professional Fire Association, told 8News. “He has a good reputation, he’s well known throughout the whole country as a fire chief.”
Chief Rubin worked as a chief in Washington D.C., Atlanta, and most recently in Wisconsin. So what drew him all the way back to small town Petersburg? His time spent working with the fire department in Chesterfield showed him just how special the area is.
“I found the area to simply be outstanding,” he said. “I know that the Petersburg Fire Department will be a very nice challenge.”
Rubin says he will focus on community relations, as well as government relations. He wants to ensure City Hall knows the needs of the fire department. Chief Rubin also says making sure his guys have working gear is a priority.