After the position was vacant for four years, New Haven finally has a new fire marshal.
This comes at a time when the Elm City is focusing on inspecting its aging buildings after a near disaster over the weekend.
Robert Doyle, New Haven’s new fire marshal, said he knows it will be a lot of work, and it won’t be easy, but he said he’s ready.
The first issue on his list, he said, is making sure buildings across the city are being inspected after one downtown recently had to be knocked down after bricks started falling from it.
"The number one thing I want to tackle is getting back to doing the inspections, whether that's residential, commercial, business, get out there and make sure everybody is safe and sound,” Doyle said.
He is the son of a firefighter and knows what to expect.
He has been in the fire marshal’s office for the past six years, serving as the acting fire marshal for the last eight months.
"It’s a position that's needed, he's going to make a lot of corrections. There will be people that will be mad, because they got away with stuff over the years, that's not going to happen anymore and I mean it’s not going to happen anymore,” said Chief Allyn Wright, of the New Haven Fire Department.
Both the fire chief and the new fire marshal admit the office has been understaffed in the past.
The chief said he is working on hiring for a few spots with the goal of getting back up to full strength.
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