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Dieterich named chief of Hagerstown Fire Department

February 22, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — W. Kyd Dieterich Tuesday officially assumed the role of fire chief of the Hagerstown Fire Department, after months as acting chief.

The Hagerstown City Council voted to unanimously appoint Dieterich, who has been with the fire department for 31 years.

Councilman Forrest W. Easton was absent from the meeting.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II swore in Dieterich to his new office Tuesday during the regular council meeting at City Hall.

His appointment as fire chief will be retroactively effective to Feb. 21, according to a city news release.

City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman and members of the  council congratulated the new chief and said they look forward to working with him.

"I'd like to thank Chief Dieterich for his appointment," said Councilwoman Ashley C. Haywood. "I think he is the most qualified man for the job and an incredible human being, so congratulations to Kyd."

"We are pleased to promote Kyd Dieterich to serve as the city's fire chief," Zimmerman said in the release. "His level of knowledge and expertise in fire services as well as his proven leadership ability make him uniquely qualified. Kyd's commitment to the community and our services make him the ideal person to face the challenges ahead and lead the department into the future."

A resident of Hagerstown, Dieterich, 58, said he started working for the city in February 1980.

During his fire department career, Dieterich has served as captain, battalion chief and acting fire chief.

Being appointed to acting fire chief in July 2010 was humbling, he said.

In addition to his work with the city, he volunteered as Funkstown fire chief for many years. He is a military veteran who served four years with the U.S. Coast Guard as an electrical technician on a buoy tender, reaching the rank of petty officer third class, he said.  

Collectively, he said he has spent the last 40 years as a firefighter.

He started volunteering with the First Hagerstown Hose Co. on South Potomac Street when he was 18 years old, he said.

"I always knew I wanted to be a firefighter," he said.

As he looks to the future, Dieterich said in the short term, he will focus on steering the department through difficult economic times.  In the long term, he said he will continue promoting fire and safety education.

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