Swanzey squad

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Capt. Eric Mattson

SWANZEY — Capt. Eric Mattson will serve as interim fire chief starting Dec. 1, the town announced in a news release Thursday.

He’ll replace Fire Chief Norman W. Skantze, who is stepping down at the end of the month to lead the Wolfeboro Fire Department.

Mattson, an advanced EMT and the town’s full-time fire inspector, has been a member of the department since 1995, according to the town’s release. He also worked as a full-time firefighter in Keene for 16 years.

Meanwhile, the town is gearing up to search for a permanent replacement for Skantze. Town Administrator Michael T. Branley said he hopes to have a new fire chief by March.

Branley said firefighting professionals inside and outside the Swanzey Fire Department, town residents and local business owners will be included on a screening panel that will help with the initial review of applications and interviews.

Paul Cuno-Booth can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1409, or pbooth@keenesentinel.com. Follow him on Twitter at @PCunoBoothKS.