McKinnon promoted to assistant chief of operations

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George McKinnon, who has been with the North Attleborough Fire Department for 19 years, was recently appointed to become the new assistant chief of operations. Staff Photo/Adam Bass
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George McKinnon has worked at the North Attleborough Fire Department (NAFD) for 19 years.

Now he’s got a new assignment as the assistant chief of operations.

The NAFD announced McKinnon’s promotion on May 8. His responsibilities include overseeing shift commanders and acting as the department’s training coordinator.  According to McKinnon, this is abrand new position in the department. He officially signed his new role on May 1.

“I am truly honored, and humbled and excited to be in this position,” McKinnon said. “I believe this is one of the best fire departments in the Commonwealth.”

McKinnon was required to undergo a one-week project involving tactical scenarios, priority tasks, and how to handle employee issues.  Additionally, he learned about the role of the NAFD in town government and the annual budget.  Deputy Chief Michael Chabot said McKinnon was one of two candidates selected as finalists for the position.

“Chief McKinnon scored very high in the interview portion for this position, which also included creating a training project for this department,” he said. “This project was presented to Chief Coleman and myself and the realization hit us that this will be the template for this department.”

Chabot also thanked Capt. Joseph Flynn, the other candidate applying for the role. Flynn will remain as an inspection captain, a role he has served for three years.

Before his promotion, McKinnon served as a shift commander and platoon captain.  He is currently the leader of the department’s dive team and was responsible for reorganizing the team to handle water-related emergencies in pools or beaches.

McKinnon expressed gratitude towards the department, Town Council, and his family for their support.

“We all know this takes a lot out of your family life,” he said. “They have done nothing but support me and encourage me along the way.  I won’t let you down.”