SHREWSBURY, Mass. — Shrewsbury Fire Chief was awarded a citation from the Massachusetts Association of Fire and Safety Educators.
Vuona "has instilled the mantra of customer service to each and every firefighter in the department every time they interact with the public. As the former fire prevention officer, he built strong programs with the schools, other town offices and businesses. With strong succession planning, he was able to pass those programs to new personnel, who have strengthened and improved those community relationships," a statement released by the association said.
The association lauded Vuona for his public education and outreach efforts such as participating in the Spirit of Shrewsbury Day, giving tours of the fire station, working with scouts and the senior center and persuading the housing authority to install low-temperature burners and in-hood extinguishers.
Vuona has been Shrewsbury's fire chief since 2010, taking over from Chief Robert Gaucher, who died unexpectedly. Vuona has been with the department for about 20 years.
He holds a master's of public administration degree in fire service management from Anna Maria College, a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and an associate's degree in fire science from Quinsigamond Community College.