City Of Stamford Appoints New Fire Marshal and Assistant Fire Marshal

City Of Stamford Appoints New Fire Marshal and Assistant Fire Marshal

STAMFORD, Conn. – Friday, December 21, 2018 – Mayor David Martin, Fire Chief Trevor Roach and Thaddeus K. Jankowski, Director of Public Safety, Health and Welfare announced today that Walter F. Seely was sworn-in as Fire Marshal for the City of Stamford, and Chad J. Armstrong was sworn-in as Assistant Fire Marshal.

Seely will replace Fire Marshal Charles Spaulding, who retired after 39 years of service, 19 as Assistant Fire Marshal, and the last five years as Fire Marshal for the City of Stamford. Armstrong will replace Assistant Fire Marshal Anthony Forte, who retired in October earlier this year after many years of dedicated service to the City.

With over 46 years of dedication to the Fire Service and the Stamford community, Fire Marshal Seely’s service record is impeccable. He has held the position of Deputy Fire Marshal for the last 11 years and has been with the City of Stamford since 1975. Assistant Fire Marshal Chad Armstrong, whose record is also impeccable, has served the City of Stamford for 18 years. He has held the position of Deputy Fire Marshal for the last seven years, where he’s maintained the reputation of a reliable and committed firefighter. Fire Marshal Seely and Assistant Fire Marshal Armstrong were both at the top of their promotional lists and chosen from an elite group of candidates.

“Stamford is fortunate to have dedicated professionals leading the City’s Fire Marshal Office,” said Mayor Martin. “I am confident that Fire Marshal Seely, with his many years of experience, and Assistant Fire Marshal Armstrong, with his admirable dedication to his duties and responsibilities, are the right people to continue the work that has made Stamford a safe place to live. Walter is a man of character; a professional focused on public service who shares my commitment to trust and accountability. I am confident that he, with Assistant Fire Marshal Armstrong and the Fire Marshal’s Office, will work to improve fire safety, fire prevention and education in our great City.”

Fire Chief Roach continued, “Walter Seely, supported by Chad Armstrong, are the right individuals to lead and continue the high standards embodied in the office of the Fire Marshal. They are dedicated individuals focused on making sure that construction abides by the Connecticut Fire Safety Code for the safety of Stamford residents. With their knowledge and determination, we will work together on improving fire prevention and fire safety for residents.”

Director Jankowski added, “I have the utmost confidence that Fire Marshal Seely and Assistant Fire Marshal Armstrong will perform their duties to the best of their abilities to ensure the highest quality of fire marshal services in the prevention of fire and the protection of life and property. They are experienced and dedicated professionals who really care about the community.”  

Fire Marshal Seely has served the City of Stamford for 43 years as a career firefighter and was a Volunteer Firefighter for 28 years as Chief Officer and Fire Marshal for the Turn of River Volunteer Fire Department. He has received several citations including a Medal of Valor for a fire rescue, being chosen Firefighter of the Year twice in the Turn of River Fire Department and receiving an internal Fire Marshal award for dedication to fire prevention and fire safety. Fire Marshal Seely is known for his problem solving abilities, team-building and management expertise. In addition to his dedication to the City of Stamford, he is a member of the Connecticut State Fire Marshal Association, the International Association of Arson Investigators and the National Fire Service Instructors Association.

Assistant Fire Marshal Armstrong has served the City of Stamford for 18 years, the past 7 years as Deputy Fire Marshal. He has been involved in many notable life safety major projects including supervising acceptance testing on Fire Safety Systems in major construction sites and arson investigations throughout the City, as well as participating in key investigations of fire scenes, Code enforcement, and Fire Prevention Education for the public.