Published in the February 10, 2016 edition


LYNNFIELD — Fire Captain Michael Feinberg will be bidding farewell to the Lynnfield Fire Department later this month when he becomes Nahant’s next fire chief.

Feinberg officially accepted the Nahant fire chief job a few weeks ago. He will begin his tenure in Nahant on Monday, Feb. 22.

“It’s certainly an honor,” said Feinberg.

Nahant Town Administrator Jeff Chelgren recommended the Nahant Board of Selectmen to appoint Feinberg as fire chief a few weeks ago. According to the Lynn Item, Chelgren said Feinberg’s educational background and experience set him apart of the other candidates.

“(Feinberg) seems like a good fit for the community,” said Chelgren.

Feinberg has worked as a firefighter/EMT for the Lynnfield Fire Department for the past 16 years. He said he will always treasure his time in Lynnfield.

“I enjoyed working with the guys and the camaraderie we have,” said Feinberg. “It’s been great working for the Fire Department in the town I live in.”

In addition to working for Lynnfield Fire Department for the past 16 years, Feinberg worked for the Amesbury Fire Department for four-and-a-half years. He has been an EMT and paramedic for over 30 years.

Feinberg previously applied for the Lynnfield fire chief job on two separate occasions, but the job ended going to former Fire Chief Tom Bogart and current Fire Chief Mark Tetreault. He said applied for the Nahant job because of its similarities to Lynnfield.

“The Nahant Fire Department is very similar to the Lynnfield Fire Department because it has a mix of full-time and call firefighters,” said Feinberg.

Tetreault said the Fire Department will miss Feinberg immensely.

“I am happy for Mike,” said Tetreault. “Becoming a chief has been a goal of Mike’s for a long time, but it’s going to be a big loss for the town of Lynnfield. He did a lot for the Lynnfield Fire Department. He was in charge of our fire prevention and emergency medical services. He is very organized and got a lot of work done for the Fire Department. It’s not easy, but he made it look easy.”