Fire chief hired



ELLSWORTH — The search for a new city fire chief is finally over, with councilors approving the hire of former Maine firefighter Scott Guillerault to lead the department starting June 21.

“I think he’s going to be a fantastic addition the Fire Department,” City Manager Glenn Moshier said at the May 17 council meeting.

Richard Tupper, the former Ellsworth fire chief, retired recently after 35 years with the department. 

Guillerault will arrive from Jaspar County, S.C., but originally hails from Old Orchard Beach. He was lieutenant in the Waterboro Fire Department earlier in his career and served a short stint as a firefighter and paramedic with the Gardiner Fire Department. His paramedic certification fits well with the department, which was certified as a licensed emergency medical services agency last year.

Guillerault is happy to return to Maine, writing city officials, “This is where I started my career as a volunteer firefighter, and subsequently a career firefighter.”

He also held the role of volunteer fire rescue coordinator for Jaspar County Fire Rescue for the past two and a half years, and previously served as a fire captain in Due West, S.C., a paramedic for Abbeville County, S.C., and a paramedic supervisor for a South Carolina medical transport service. In all, his firefighting and paramedic experience extends over three decades. 

He received a bachelor’s degree in fire science from Columbia Southern University in 2013, is a certified fire instructor and was certified as a paramedic by the New England EMS Institute in 2011. Guillerault also served for 10 years as a searcher on the York County Emergency Response Rescue Team.

Anne Berleant

Anne Berleant

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Anne Berleant covers news and features in Ellsworth, Mariaville, Otis, Amherst, Aurora, Great Pond and Osborn. When not reporting, find her hiking local trails, reading or watching professional tennis. Email her at [email protected]

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