For Immediate Release - February 06, 2017

Department of Fire Services Appoints New Deputy State Fire Marshal and Director of Hazardous Material Emergency Response Division

State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey announced two key senior staff appointments at the Department of Fire Services. Maribel Fournier has been named Deputy State Fire Marshal and David DiGregorio has been appointed director of the Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Division.

Maribel Fournier, Deputy State Fire Marshal
State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said, “Those of us who previously worked with Maribel Fournier at the Department of Fire Services, both inside and outside the agency, have the utmost respect for her work ethic and leadership style. I look forward to working closely with her as we address the agency’s goals to support the fire service and protect the public.”

The Deputy State Fire Marshal is primarily responsible for assisting the Marshal with the day-to-day management and administration of the Department of Fire Services and for developing policy and implementing major policy objectives.

Ms. Fournier is no stranger to the Department of Fire Services, having started as Director of Human Resources in 2007 and leaving in 2012 as Director of Administrative Services, before moving to the Department of State Police. Her previous accomplishments include overseeing the renovation and expansion of the Stow campus and the acquisition of the Springfield campus.

Ms. Fournier has an extensive history of service in public safety. She has worked at the Department of Corrections, the Department of Fire Services and most recently the Department of State Police. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from Fitchburg State University. In her latest position as chief administrative officer for the Department of State Police she oversaw a multi-million dollar operating budget, the capital budget, hundreds of sworn and civilian employees and represented the agency to the executive, legislative and judicial branches.

Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Program
The Regional Hazardous Materials Response Program is an innovative response system designed to provide specialized response of personnel and equipment to the 351 communities of the Commonwealth, to enable them to protect the public, the environment, and property during incidents involving a release or potential release of hazardous materials. Six Regional Response Teams are strategically located for a maximum of 1-hour response anywhere in the Commonwealth. The Regional Teams also support local fire departments with technical information and specialized equipment. 

David DiGregorio, Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Division Director
Ostroskey said, “David DiGregorio has been the Deputy Director of the Hazardous Materials division for over two years and worked closely with former Division Director David Ladd. DiGregorio comes with a unique skill set in strategic planning, team management, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive hazards (CBRNE) to which the division is called to respond.”

As Deputy Director of the “HazMat” division, he developed and managed the six hazardous materials response teams across the state as well the specialized Joint Hazardous Incident Response Team that cross-trains hazardous materials and bomb technicians and the Maritime Incident Response Team that responds to incidents on the water and offshore. In addition, he oversaw the implementation of a new software system that assists in deployment of resources, report writing, and inventory management that improves management at the team and state levels.

Before coming to DFS, David DiGregorio spent 32 years with the U.S. Army and the Massachusetts Army National Guard as a physician assistant, medical team leader with the 1st Civil Support Team that deals with weapons of mass destruction, and as Deputy State Surgeon overseeing deployment of all medical assets.

DiGregorio has a Master of Science degree in Emergency Management from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies with a specialization in Administrative Medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.