Richard Ciesla is a 33-year veteran of the Massachusetts fire service. He served on the Southbridge Massachusetts Fire Department for 33 years and retired as Chief of the Department in 2012. He holds a bachelor’s degree in fire science. He is a nationally certified Fire Officer IV, credentialed as a Fire Chief, and a graduate of the UMass Donahue Institute’s Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program.
Mr. Ciesla’s structural fire and explosion investigative experience for various types of occupancies has given him an in-depth knowledge of building construction, fire behavior, and post investigation techniques for analyzing fire cause and origin. Mr. Ciesla’s full time experience in the fire service, building construction, and hazardous material field spans more than thirty years.
Mr. Ciesla has over 35 years of experience in the Fire Service & Fire Investigation Profession with extensive experience, specialized knowledge and achievement in areas of Fire Investigation and Fire Management.
Mr. Ciesla was awarded Firefighter of the Year in 2000. He has also been given citations for Fire Safety Educator in 1997 and Actions Above and Beyond in 1992.