OLEAN, NY — Lt. Timothy C. Richardson, an 18-year veteran of the Olean Department of Fire, Building and Emergency Services, has been appointed fire chief.

Richardson will succeed Robert Bell, who had been chief since 2000 and is retiring after a 35-year career in the department. Mayor William J. Aiello appointed Richardson, and on Tuesday, the Common Council approved Richardson’s appointment.

As chief, Richardson will oversee the day-to-day operations of the department and serve as chief counsel to the mayor in matters of fire, building and emergency services.

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Richardson rose through the ranks from firefighter/paramedic to lieutenant. He has served as an Emergency Management Services (EMS) lieutenant and training coordinator and as an American Heart Association instructor and quality assurance program coordinator. He also serves as the department’s representative on the Cattaraugus County EMS Advisory Committee and Southwestern New York’s Regional EMS Council.

The new chief holds a bachelor of science degree in sports medicine from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and an associate degree in applied sciences in paramedicine from Corning Community College. He has earned certifications from the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services; the State of New York Fire Prevention and Control; the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services; the Southern Tier Emergency Medical System; FEMA National Fire Academy; the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Richardson and his wife Michelle have been married for 16 years and have two children, Justin, 14, and Leah, 11.  The Richardson family lives in Olean.

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