Leverett gets new fire chief

  • Leverett Fire Chief Brian J. Cook LEVERETTFIRE.COM

  • Former Leverett Fire Chief John Ingram, now Belchertown’s fire chief, left, and Leverett Fire Chief Brian J. Cook. JON FOSTER

Staff Writer
Monday, June 28, 2021

LEVERETT — Brian J. Cook, previously deputy chief of the Leverett Fire Department, is now the town’s fire chief.

Cook was sworn into the position last week by Town Clerk Lisa Stratford after the Select Board in May voted to dispense with a search and advertisement and appointed him to succeed John Ingram.

Ingram recently departed after more than six years at the helm to become Belchertown’s fire chief.

In addition to his work for the fire department, Cook also owns and operates Calm Computing, a technology support and consulting company.

Cook began his career as a call firefighter for the Amherst Fire Department in November 2012, joined the Leverett department in September 2016 and was promoted to deputy chief in February 2017.

“Chief Ingram was and continues to be a great mentor for me and I have learned a vast amount of knowledge from him,” Cook wrote in an email.

Cook last winter received accreditation from the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission based on his experience, education and training, holding several national certifications. He also completed the Massachusetts Fire Academy’s Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program, obtained a master’s degree in public administration specializing in emergency management from Anna Maria College and attended workshops and trainings.

The Leverett department has 15 members, most of whom are on call, who respond to medical and fire calls, including 180 emergency calls in 2020. The department also conducts required inspections and teaches fire safety to both children and senior citizens through the SAFE and SENIOR SAFE programs.