Dave Cody

New Fire Chief David Cody

Bourne has a new permanent fire chief, with interim chief David S. Cody appointed to the position full time.

Town Administrator Anthony E. Schiavi made the announcement during the board of selectmen’s remote meeting on Tuesday, March 30.

“I’m happy to announce this evening the appointment of David Cody to permanent chief of the Bourne Fire Department,” Mr. Schiavi said.

Chief Cody said, “I’d like to thank you for the confidence you have in my abilities to lead the department. I’m looking forward to continuing in this role with the professional, dedicated staff that I have, to provide the best fire prevention, fire protection to residents that we can.”

Mr. Schiavi said the selection process, under civil service guidelines, began last July. Under those guidelines, the town had the option of conducting an external or internal search for the department’s new chief. The town chose to go with an internal process, Mr. Schiavi said.

The process required that at least four candidates apply for the position. In addition to Chief Cody, Assistant Fire Chief David S. Pelonzi and Deputy Chiefs Ryan Haden and Paul Weeks applied, Mr. Schiavi said.

Chief Cody was named interim chief in January 2020, after the retirement of Chief Norman P. Sylvester. He has been with the Bourne Fire Department since 1994. He has held every rank within the department, including firefighter/paramedic, lieutenant and deputy chief. He became the department’s first assistant fire chief when he was promoted in 2018.

A native of Randolph, Chief Cody earned a bachelor’s degree in health management and an associate’s degree in paramedic technology, both from Northeastern University. He also has a master’s degree in public administration from Anna Maria College in Paxton.

Chief Cody is a veteran of the US Coast Guard, where he focused on port security. He also served in the US Naval Reserve as a hospital corpsman. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy in Stow and has certifications from the Massachusetts Fire Training Council as a fire inspector and a fire instructor.

Mr. Schiavi made a request for a waiver of the 15-day waiting period before an appointment becomes official. The board voted to approve that request.

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