Mark Cotreau is currently the Fire Chief in Rye NH. Working with department staff and town leaders, Mark has significantly improved the departments capital plan, upgraded key equipment and purchased several critical pieces of fire apparatus. Mark instituted Rye’s coastal ocean rescue program. He is also leading the department through a multi-year staffing improvement plan. Formerly, Mark was a long- time member of the Concord, MA Fire Department serving 34 years; 16 as Shift Commander and 9 as Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director. He is a 19-year member of the Massachusetts Regional Hazmat Response Team, serving in several key roles. During his tenure as fire chief, Mark steered the department through the organizational recovery due to a major fire loss in a fire station. This included a relocation of services, major renovation of the fire station and replacement of several pieces of fire apparatus and an ambulance. Mark also led the expansion of the EMS service to add a second staffed ambulance to bridge a critical service gap. Mark has extensive experience as an emergency manager and LEPC Coordinator.
Mark has a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science Administration from Salem State College. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program. He is also a credentialed Chief Fire Officer by the Commission on Professional Credentialing. Mark has taught at the National Fire Academy in the managing Officer program and New Fire Chief series. He is also a guest lecturer in the Chief Fire Officer program at the Massachusetts Fire Academy. Mark served on the Executive board of the CMERA Regional ALS service for 8 years, the last 5 as Board Chairman. Mark currently serves on the Seacoast START Hazmat team executive board and is the NH Coordinator for the Transcaer hazmat training group.