Susi assumes role of fire chief

12 years ago
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Caribou Interim Fire Chief Scott Susi

By Barbara Scott
Staff Writer

“Jack (Woods) left big shoes to fill here, he kept everything running smoothly,” stated Caribou’s new fire chief Scott Susi. “He did a lot for this community and for me —I really respect him.”

Chief Susi, 40, formally filled the vacant fire and ambulance position on April 11. A native and high school graduate of Washburn, Susi holds a degree in criminal justice from the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Susi served 14 years in the Maine National Guard, training as a medic and spent three years in the U.S. Army Reserves. Upon returning from his deployment during Desert Storm, he began working as first assistant in the OR at Cary Medical Center. In 2005 Susi retired from the military.

“I joined the Caribou Fire Department in 2003 as a volunteer and became a full-time member in 2005,” stated Susi. “I was going to school, and it took me two full years to get my paramedic degree, of course I was working, had a family and doing my clinical work all at the same time.”

Chief Susi is a nationally certified firefighter II and I; attended both the Maine Fire Service Instructor and EMS Instructor Schools and is a certified instructor in both.

“Right now, my only vision is to get caught up and get things organized (in the office) my own way,” stated Susi. “ I try to pick up something new every day,” he added. “You know, the wheel here isn’t broken — it just needs a little work,” he added.

“I am very humbled to have been chosen for this position,” said Susi, “especially considering those who made up the interview team and the other candidates.

“Everyone has been very cooperative with me and very understanding as I work to get organized and learn everyone’s (within the state fire service family) name and department.

“I love being a firefighter — the guys  — the job, I love being here,” Chief Susi stated. “I’m very lucky, the guys who work in this department are awesome — everyone here has been nothing but supportive.”

The new fire chief (who will serve as interim fire chief for six months) and his wife Tammy, a respiratory therapist at Cary Medical Center, have two children Kimberlee 9, and Emilee, 15.