Kevin A. Gallagher

Chief Kevin A. Gallagher

Chief Kevin Gallagher joined the Acushnet Fire / Rescue Department as a call firefighter in 1986.  He was hired as a fulltime firefighter in 1995 and was promoted to Chief of Department in 2003.  Chief Gallagher is certified as a Firefighter Level I/II, Fire Officer I, Fire Instructor I and in Hazardous Materials to the Operations Level.  Chief Gallagher is an Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic.  He is a graduate of the Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program offered by the University of Massachusetts and is an adjunct professor of Fire Science at Bristol Community College.


Chief Fire Officer Designation; The Commission on Professional Credentialing, 2013

Member, Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards; appointed by Governor Deval Patrick representing the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts,  September 2010

Member, ICC Fire Code Action Committee - Northeast Regional Work Group – appointed by the International Fire Chiefs Association

Fire Chief’s Association of Massachusetts appointee to the Massachusetts Fire Prevention / Fire Protection Advisory Committee

President, Southeastern Massachusetts Emergency Medical Services Council; 2007 – 2011

2007 Massachusetts Veterans of Foreign Wars “Firefighter of the Year”

Recipients of the “Massachusetts Fire Marshal’s Award” 2010

Active member; International Association of Fire Chiefs since 2004

Active member, Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts since 2004

Graduate, 2004 Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program, Massachusetts Firefighting Academy and the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute


Instructor: “Residential Modular Construction Fires; Lessons Learned” NFPA Conference and Expo - Chicago, June, 2009

Instructor: “Dangers of Residential Modular Construction” Fire Department Instructors Conference - Indianapolis, June 2010,  March 2011

Instructor: “Hidden Hazards of Modular Construction” Fire Department Instructors Conference - Indianapolis, April 2012

Instructor: “Strategies and Tactics for the Hidden Hazards of Modular Construction” Fire Department Instructors Conference - Indianapolis, April 2013, April 2014

Instructor:  “Dangers of Residential Modular Construction”  Massachusetts Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators Conference – Falmouth, MA, June 2013

Instructor:  “Hidden Hazards of Modular Construction” New York State Association of Fire Chiefs Conference – Verona, NY, June2013, June 2013, June 2014




2019                John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Public Leadership Credential Program

1996-2002       Bristol Community College             Fall River, MA

Associate Degree, Fire Science Technology

 1986                University of Massachusetts           Boston, MA

Graduate School of Policy Studies

 1980-1985       University of Massachusetts           Dartmouth, MA

Bachelor of Arts Degree, Political Science

Board Memberships

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Fire Chief
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Fire Chief
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Department Memberships

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Fire Chief
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