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City of Milton’s New Fire Chief

Following a nationwide search, the City of Milton has tapped Gabriel “Gabe” Benmoussa as its next fire chief.

A firefighting professional with extensive experience in four states, Benmoussa will become Milton’s second-ever chief. He previously served as deputy fire chief in Salem, Oregon, where he oversaw training and EMS services.

“Chief Benmoussa brings expertise, enthusiasm, and perspective that will be tremendous assets for Milton,” said City Manager Steve Krokoff. “People here love our firefighters for good reason, and we’re sure that they will love Chief Benmoussa.”

In Salem, Benmoussa helped lead a 170-person agency while developing and administering training requirements. He also assisted with recruiting and managing entrance and promotional exams; served on the city’s diversity, equity, and inclusion focus group; and developed health and wellness initiatives for the department.

Benmoussa made an impact on the state level by founding the Oregon Fire Service Technology Summit and by serving as a board director for the Northwest Fire Diversity Council. He also developed an Officer Professional Development Institute in partnership with the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

Prior to coming to Salem in 2016, Benmoussa worked for two years as the deputy fire chief in Pullman, Washington, were he oversaw training. He spent the previous decade as a firefighter, captain, hazmat program manager, and fire terrorism liaison officer in metro Phoenix, Arizona. He got his start in the firefighting field at Georgia's DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department in 2000.

“With a passion for transparent leadership, innovation, and strategic planning, my goal is to develop the Milton Fire-Rescue team from within and continue to provide the highest level of service that residents have come to expect,” Benmoussa said. “I plan to continue to enhance and deliver outstanding service to our citizens by working together with both staff and community members to take this organization to new levels.”