Rhodes is Nashua’s next fire chief

Assistant will replace retiring Galipeau in April

Photo by Jeffrey Hastings Assistant Chief Brian Rhodes was named as the next Chief of Nashua Fire Rescue on Monday night. He has worked for the department since 1987.

NASHUA – Brian Rhodes was named the next Nashua Fire Rescue chief by the Nashua Fire Commission Monday night.

Rhodes, currently the assistant chief, will succeed Chief Steven Galipeau upon his retirement, effective April 1, 2018.

Galipeau announced his retirement early last month after 38 years in the department, and said he hoped Rhodes would be named the next chief.

Galipeau said at the time that Rhodes knows the daily operations of the department inside and out and understands its strengths, weaknesses and challenges.

“He is the most prepared to take the reins,” he said.

Rhodes has been a member of Nashua Fire Rescue since 1987, and has served in every position in the line, with chief being a role he has aspired to for some time, Rhodes said.

“It’s pretty humbling that I have the confidence and support of the fire commission and the chief,” he said. “I’m profoundly grateful for this opportunity.”

Rhodes started his career in Gilford in 1984, where he worked for three years until he was hired in Nashua.

He has been assistant chief since Galipeau was named chief two-and-a-half years ago, and he said the chief has been “an incredible mentor.”

In his new role, Rhodes said he would like to complete the initiatives and goals that he and Galipeau have developed together over the years, while remaining efficient.

“I’m extremely proud of the organization we have here,” he said. “We have a lot of good things going.”

Nashua Fire Commissioner Kevin Gage said at the time Galipeau announced his retirement that Rhodes was an ideal candidate to succeed outgoing chief, calling Rhodes “highly


It is yet to be determined who will replace him as assistant chief.

“I know it’s a big job, but I owe a lot to this community,” he said.

Hannah LaClaire can be reached at 594-1243 or hlaclaire@nashuatelegraph.com.