Christopher W. Norris
Christopher W. Norris has been a member of the Westhampton Fire Department since April 1994. He has served in numerous capacities in the organization up until his appointment to Fire Chief in January 2007. Chief Norris completed his Master’s Degree in Fire Science and Administration from Anna Maria College in 2003, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Westfield State University in 2011, and he attended Springfield College in 2004-2005, obtaining his paramedic certification. Chief Norris has completed the Executive Fire Officer Program through the United States Fire Administration and also the prestigious Senior Executive in State and Local Government Program through the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Most recently, Chief Norris was recognized by the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) as only one of thirty-one individuals in the entire Country to earn both International designations as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and Chief Emergency Medical Services Officer (CEMSO). In 2012, Chief Norris completed the requirements for the designation within the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) of MIFireE indicating the degree of qualification and membership grade within the organization. In May 2014, Chief Norris was selected as one of twenty fire service personnel across the Country to participate in the Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI) Program through the International Association of Fire Chiefs sponsored by Motorola. This is a year long program that examines current issues, challenges, innovations, and leadership models in the fire service.Chief Norris also teaches for the Massachusetts Firefighter Academy as one of the Lead Instructors in the Structural, Flashover, and Instructor Methodology Programs, and is the Statewide Program Coordinator for the Call/Volunteer Training Program. Chief Norris is a member of the International Association of County/City Managers Association (ICMA), Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts (FCAM), New England Association of Fire Chief’s (NEAFC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Hampshire County Fire Chiefs, Western Massachusetts Fire Chief’s Association (WMFCA), Hampshire County EMS, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), in which Chief Norris was just elected to serve a three year term (2015-2018) on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Fire Chiefs in the Executive Fire Officer Section representing the New England region.