Brian D. Rhodes
Chief Rhodes is a native of Danielson, Connecticut and began his career with Nashua Fire Rescue in 1987. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2000. Captain in 2004, Deputy Chief in 2011, Assistant Chief in June of 2015 and his current position April 2018.
Chief Rhodes graduated from New Hampshire Vocational Technical College - Laconia with an Associate's Degree in Fire Science and a B.S. in Public Service Management from Granite State College. He has attended the National Fire Academy and successfully graduated from both the Fire Service Financial Management and Executive Planning programs. Chief Rhodes served as a State Representative from 2008-2014 representing Nashua Ward 3 in the New Hampshire General Court.
Chief Rhodes and his wife Mary reside in the city and have two grown children.
Assistant Chief Steve M. Buxton has been a professional Fire Fighter since 1992, he joined Nashua Fire Rescue in December of 1996. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2004, to the rank of Captain in 2013, and to his current rank of Assistant Fire Chief in September 2020.
Assistant Chief Buxton is an original member of the Nashua Fire Rescue Dive Team and the SMART Hazardous Materials Response Team. He served as Dive Team Captain from 2012 until his promotion to Deputy Chief in 2018. In addition to numerous state and national certifications, he holds an Associate’s degree in Fire Science from New Hampshire Technical College in Laconia, NH. In 2017 he received his Bachelor's Degree in Fire Science from Anna Maria College in Paxton Massachusetts.
Assistant Chief Buxton and his wife Heidi reside in the city and have two grown children
Deputy Chief - Group 1 Shift Commander
Deputy Chief MacDonald is the Shift Commander of Group 1. He was appointed to Nashua Fire Rescue as a Firefighter in March 1984. He was promoted to Lieutenant in January 1992, to Captain in 2004 and to Deputy Chief in July 2015.
Deputy MacDonald holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Service Administration from the State University of new York at Empire State College. He holds an Associates of Science Degree in Fire Science from Bristol Community College.
Deputy MacDonald holds several state and national certifications. He is a member of the SMART Hazardous Materials Response Team as a certified Hazardous Materials Technician. He was the Captain of the hazmat team from 2005 to 2013. He holds several certifications as a rescue diver. He is one of the original dive team members. He served as the dive team Captain from 2004 to 2009. He currently oversees the Dive team (2018).
Deputy Chief - Group 2 Shift Commander
Deputy Chief James Kirk is the Shift Commander of Group 2. Since joining Nashua Fire Rescue as a firefighter in April 1998, Deputy Kirk has been a Lieutenant, Captain, and was most recently promoted to Deputy Chief in September 2020. He was also the Union President of Nashua Firefighters Association, Local 789 from 2010 – 2014.
Deputy Kirk holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Service Administration from Eastern Oregon University and is currently enrolled in the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.
In addition to his duties associated with managing emergencies and personnel assigned to
Group 2, Deputy Kirk is charged with facilitating the purchase of Firefighting Gear, the purchase of Fire Apparatus, and the hiring of new firefighters.
Deputy Kirk’s wife Marie is a private school Principal in Nashua and his daughter Emma is enrolled in the class of 2025 at Bishop Guertin High School.
Deputy Chief - Group 3 Shift Commander
Deputy Chief William Atkinson is the Shift Commander or Group 3. A native of Nashua, Deputy Atkinson has been in the fire service since 1984. He was appointed to Nashua Fire Rescue in 1995, promoted to Lieutenant in 2004, Captain in 2015, and to his current rank as Deputy Chief in December 2020.
Deputy Atkinson holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Public Service Management from Granite State College. He holds an Associates degree in Fire Science from New Hampshire Technical College. Deputy Atkinson is one of the original members of the SMART Hazardous Materials Response Team as a certified Hazardous Materials Technician. He served as the hazmat team captain from 2015 to 2017. In addition, he holds numerous state and national certifications.
In addition to his shift responsibilities he is responsible for overseeing department systems modernization including the development of the departments information management system. Other areas of responsibilities include; SOP' s/SOG's, rules and regulations, policies, employee wellness, GIS and preplans.
Deputy Atkinson and his wife reside in Brookline and have two grown daughters.
Deputy Chief - Group 4 Shift Commander
Deputy Chief Kevin Kerrigan is the Shift Commander of Group 4. Deputy Kerrigan was appointed to Nashua Fire Rescue in 1987, promoted to Lieutenant in 1999 and to Captain in 2007. In June, 2011 he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief.
In addition to his shift responsibilities, Deputy Kerrigan maintains oversight of all firefighting tools and equipment. He is also the grant writer and grant administrator for Nashua Fire Rescue.
Deputy Kerrigan is a member of the SMART Hazardous Materials Response Team as a certified Hazardous Materials Technician.
In addition to numerous state and national certifications, Deputy Kerrigan attended North Shore Community College-Beverly where he earned an Associate's Degree in Fire Science.