Christopher W. Norris
Christopher W. Norris has been involved in the fire service since April 1994 and currently serves as the Fire Chief for the City of Easthampton, MA. 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. Mr. Norris is currently a doctorate candidate for his Ph.D in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in Emergency Management with a graduation date of July 2021. Mr. 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 addition, Mr. Norris has been recognized as a Chief Training Officer (CTO) and Fire Marshal (FM) through the Center for Public Safety Excellence. In 2014, Mr. 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. Mr. 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 Recruit Training Program. Mr. 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).