Chief DeLorie honored with Theodore Mann Award at MAPC Annual Meeting in Boston
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)
BOSTON – Wellesley Fire Chief Richard DeLorie received the Theodore Mann Regional Leadership Award at the Annual Meeting of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in Boston.
MAPC is the regional planning agency serving 101 cities and towns in Greater Boston. The award is given annually in memory of Newton’s longest-serving mayor, Theodore “Teddy” Mann, and recognizes a municipal leader from Greater Boston whose commitment to regional collaboration best exemplifies Mann’s legacy.
Chief DeLorie serve as the current Chair of MetroFire, an association of 34 Boston-area fire departments, coordinating mutual aid response across the region. Through MetroFire, Chief DeLorie is responsible for a variety of regional initiatives, ranging from enabling interoperable and integrated radio communications to training for fire and medical response to dealing with major emergencies.
Chief DeLorie is the first fire official to win the Mann Award.
“Fire chiefs are probably the greatest and most natural collaborators you can find in municipal government. Working across municipal lines is ingrained in the DNA of fire departments, and Chief DeLorie has been a leader in his field making that happen,” said Mark Fine, Director of Municipal Collaboration for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC).
Fine and his department work closely with police and fire chiefs, building cross-border collaborations among cities and towns throughout Greater Boston.
“Chief DeLorie has been a great friend to MAPC for many years,” added Fine.
MAPC has a longstanding partnership with the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts (FCAM), helping members purchase fire trucks and equipment. Chief DeLorie was among the FCAM leaders that helped establish the purchasing program, and during his two year tenure as FCAM President, promoted the program to its best years in sales and usage.
In total, MAPC has helped FCAM members purchase more than $130 million in fire apparatus since 2011, saving departments time and money in the process.
“This partnership has been a great success and Chief DeLorie is a huge reason for that,” said Fine. “He is a great public servant and regional leader and a wonderful person, and well deserving of this important award.”
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Wellesley Fire Chief Richard DeLorie receives the Theodore Mann Regional Leadership Award on Wednesday, May 29 at Boston University, during the annual meeting of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC).