Deputy Fire Chief Nicholas Marsan
Deputy Fire Chief Nicholas Marsan has been promoted to chief as of July 1.

WESTPORT — Nicholas Marsan, the Fire Department’s deputy chief since January 2022, has been promoted to chief as of July 1.

Marsan succeeds interim Chief Mark Amatrudo in the top fire command post, according to First Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker’s announcement Monday.

Marsan, who is also the town’s emergency management director, served briefly as acting fire chief following Michael Kronick’s departure from the post in May 2023 until Amatrudo was named interim chief in July.

“I am excited to lead the men and women of the Westport Fire Department,” Marsan said in a statement released by Tooker’s office. “I am honored by the trust placed in me and I look forward to continuing our department’s dedication to outstanding service to the residents and guests of the Town of Westport.”

Marsan has been a Westport firefighter since 2007, and is a state-certified fire marshal and emergency medical technician.

His first firefighting assignment was to the department’s Platoon 3 after he graduated with the Connecticut Fire Academy’s Class No. 41. He was promoted to fire inspector after nine years and then to engine company lieutenant, stationed primarily at Station 4 in Saugatuck.

Marsan also is a nationally certified fire service instructor III and fire officer III. In addition, he has been a fire inspector for Norwalk and Darien, and is a state fire instructor for the New York Office of Fire Prevention and Control. He was elected president of the Westport Uniformed Firefighters Association, Local 1081, for 10 years.

He recently completed the National Fire Service Staff and Command Course in Annapolis, Md. A graduate of Fairfield College Preparatory School, he subsequently earned master’s degrees in history from Western Connecticut State University and in public administration and emergency management from Sacred Heart University.

A veteran of the Army and the state’s Army National Guard, Marsan was deployed overseas in 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He received the Army Commendation Medal for Valor during operations in Afghanistan.

He has received two Westport Rotary Public Protection and Safety Awards, and three unit citations including the John H. Gallagher Award for outstanding service and the Turker Aksoy Award for outstanding patient care.

“Nick has the proven ability and expertise to seamlessly and effectively take over the role as chief,” Tooker said in the statement announcing Marsan’s appointment.

“He has a breadth of knowledge, skill, experience and understanding that will ensure that the current high standards of safety and efficiency will be maintained in the Westport Fire Department. I have every confidence that he will flourish and excel in this leadership role.”