Quattrini tapped to lead Harmony Fire

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New Harmony Fire Chief Steven Quattrini takes the oath of office from moderator George Kain, as former chief Richard Waterman looks on. NRI NOW photo by Dick Martin.

GLOCESTER – Harmony Fire Department has a new fire chief: Steven Quattrini.

“I’m extremely excited, with a little nervousness,” said Quattrini. “This is a great opportunity.”

Harmony Fire is not new to Quattrini. He has been involved there since 1987 as a junior at Smithfield High School when he first started out with former Harmony Chief Charles Aldrich, the first paid chief. It was here he received his first training on the way to becoming a firefighter.

“He was the first mutual aid out-of-town chief that I really looked up to,” Quattrini recalled. “He just ran the place right.”

A Smithfield resident, Quattrini has been a member of the Smithfield Fire Department for 31 years, and a deputy chief in Smithfield for the last six years. He will remain in Smithfield for one more year, he said, then move to full-time at Harmony.

“Quite a few people have asked, ‘Why Harmony?'” said Quattrini. “There are good people here. They have always had good leadership. I come with a positive attitude. They call me a fixer. I fix things.”

Lori Quattrini pins the Harmony Fire Chief badge on her husband, Chief Steven Quattrini in front of a packed room of well wishers. NRI NOW photo by Dick Martin.

Quattrini previously was a chief in Western Coventry Fire Department for five years. When that position changed to full-time, he said he wasn’t ready to leave his full-time job in Smithfield. Over the years, he has been heavily involved in training as an instructor, as well as being active in the fire community, helping to brainstorm solutions to problems. That experience, he said, will help him in Harmony.

“That’s all going to help me here,” the new chief said. “Both departments, Coventry and Harmony, mirror one another. I was able to get that department, which was strictly volunteer, working around the clock, 24/7.”

One of the things that needs fixing, he explained, is getting and keeping good firefighters and EMTs.

“I think that’s going to be the biggest challenge here in Harmony,” said Quattrini. “They are having a tough time. Everybody is. Certainly, the men and women here work their tails off in the line of service. Sometimes they’re short, not because of their own fault.”

He added that he will try to make changes that will benefit firefighters and EMTs and help to improve service, as well as working conditions.

Quattrini officially takes over at the village department on Monday, July 8.

Editor’s note: An original version of this article identified the new chief as Edward Quattreni. We apologize for the error.

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