BRATTLEBORO >> Assistant Fire Chief Peter Lynch is leaving the Brattleboro Fire Department to take a job with the state. Lynch, a resident of Dummerston and a member of the department for the past 34 years — nine as the assistant fire chief — was taking the job as the state's chief of fire service training for the Vermont Division of Fire Safety in the Department of Public Service. His last day in Brattleboro will be Aug. 26 and he starts with the state on Sept. 4.

"Peter began his fire service career as a volunteer with the Dummerston and Brattleboro Fire Departments," said Chief Michael Bucossi. "I want to thank him for dedicated service to this community and wish him well this new challenge that is sure to help firefighters throughout the state and the area."

Lynch has been a long-time member of the Vermont Fire Service Training Council Curriculum Committee and a part-time instructor.

"I am really looking forward to my new job and I am grateful to everyone in the town of Brattleboro for helping me get to this point," said Lynch.

During Thursday's Select Board meeting, Chairman David Gartenstein commended Lynch's work on the fire facility upgrade project and his work following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

"Pete led the development of the school crisis emergency response plan and showed significant leadership within the town and the region coordinating with other departments, public safety agencies and the school district," said Gartenstein. "The emergency response plan has really been a model, not just here in Brattleboro but also across the state."

Town Manager Peter Elwell noted that Lynch will not be moving and he will still be seen around town, working with local fire departments.

"Peter is a really class act," added board member Dick DeGray. "You've been a real asset to the community and to the Brattleboro municipal family. We wish you the best."

Lynch has also been the town's health officer for several years. The town is in the process of finding a replacement.