UXBRIDGE: Fire Chief Scott Richardson officially said goodbye to the service he has spent 47 years a part of, at an open house event, held in Council chambers in late December.
“I’m going to miss the camaraderie and working with all of the firefighters. That’s been a real pleasure here. We’ve gotten along real well, we work as a team and we get some good results as a result of our work,” Mr. Richardson told The Standard.
Mr. Richardson started his career in Unionville, as a volunteer at the Markham Township fire department in 1970. He was hired by the Uxbridge fire department about 10 years ago.
“It was good to be part of the community. It started off as a three month position and turned out for 9 and a half years. Something must have been good for it to last that long,” Mr. Richardson said. “The fire department and town staff have been great to work with and an enjoyable workplace makes people want to participate and stay.”
Mr. Richardson told The Standard one of the things he has learned over his extensive career is that the fire services field is constantly changing.
“New methodologies, the fire trucks have changed, it’s a very changing environment,” he said.
Phil Alexander officially took over the role of Uxbridge fire chief on January 1st.
“Phil will transition the fire department. He’s been a member here for 28 years. There’s no real hurdles for him to jump because he has already been in the system and I wish him well,” Mr. Richardson said.
Mr. Richardson added that his only regret, as he leaves the service, is he won’t be at the helm when firefighters move into the new fire hall.