Fire Chief Michael J. Gagnon

(603) 432-6751

Fire Administration
14 Manning Street
Derry, NH 03038

Fax: (603) 537-9216

Fire Chief Michael J. Gagnon has overall responsibility for the leadership, administration, and operations of the Fire Department. Chief Gagnon’s primary goal is to assure that the Derry Fire Department continues to provide high quality fire/EMS services to the residents and visitors of the community in an efficient and effective manner. Chief Gagnon also serves as the Emergency Management Director for the Town of Derry.
Chief Gagnon began his career with the Derry Fire Department in 1989; working as a paramedic, firefighter, and apparatus operator. In 1998, he was promoted to Lieutenant, functioning as an engine company officer; during this time he also served as the Health and Safety Officer for the Department. In 2003, he was promoted to Battalion Chief, with responsibility for shift supervision, incident command, and operations. Michael J. Gagnon was promoted to Chief of Department in March of 2015.

Chief Gagnon holds a Graduate Degree (M.S.) in Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University; he also holds a B.S. in Business Management and an A.S. in Emergency Medical Services. Chief Gagnon is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO) at the United States Fire Administration – National Fire Academy, and holds the Chief Fire Officer Designation (CFO) from the Commission on Professional Credentialing, Center for Public Safety Excellence. Chief Gagnon is a Certified Fire Officer, a Certified Hazardous Materials Technician, and a Certified Fire Instructor from the National Fire Protection Association.  

Chief Gagnon is a member of several professional organizations to include the Institution of Fire Engineers, International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Emergency Managers, and the New Hampshire Fire Chief’s Association.
Prior to being appointed Fire Chief - Battalion Chief Michael J. Gagnon served as Chief of Operations for several years. He had primary responsibility for fire suppression, hazardous materials, technical rescue, personnel accountability, pre-incident planning, mutual and automatic aid agreements, and post-incident analysis; BC Gagnon also worked with the Director of EMS regarding emergency medical service operations. He functioned as Deputy Emergency Management Director for the Town of Derry, with responsibility for assisting with coordination of Emergency Operations Center activities.

Chief Gagnon has lived in Derry with his wife Lisa since 1993; they have two sons - Dylan and Samuel.

Board Memberships

Board/CommitteeJob titleMembership Status
Derry Fire Department Representative
Active Membership

Department Memberships

DepartmentJob title
Fire Chief
Active Membership
Emergency Management Director
Active Membership