The town of Wells will swear in its fifth full-time fire chief next week.

Mark Dupuis Photo courtesy of town of Wells

Mark A. Dupuis was chosen from a pool of 17 applicants to succeed Chief Wayne Vetre, who died of lung cancer in July. Dupuis will be sworn in during a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 21.

“The Town of Wells is quite fortunate to have had the opportunity to bring such a well-received and dedicated individual into its community,” Town Manager Jon Carter said. “We look forward to all Chief Dupuis will do for our town.”

Dupuis retired last year as assistant fire chief in Rochester, New Hampshire, where the fire department has 38 firefighters and officers and a $4.1 million budget. He joined the Rochester Fire Department in 1988 and worked his way up through the ranks, serving as a lieutenant and fire marshal before becoming assistant chief in 2011.

In Wells, Dupuis will oversee a department of nine full-time firefighters and up to 20 call firefighters. His annual salary will be $92,000.

Dupuis holds a bachelor’s degree in fire and emergency management and earned an executive fire officer’s certificate from the National Fire Academy.

He will be the town’s fifth full-time chief since the Wells Fire Department consolidated under a single chief in 1988.

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