York's Fire Chief announces retirement

ArsonYork County (Pennsylvania)William Penn

City Fire Chief Steven R. Buffington announced today that he will be retiring from the York City Department of Fire/Rescue Services, effective April 29, 2012. "I have decided that the time is right for me to pursue other opportunities. I am proud and honored to have been blessed with a spectacular career with the finest Fire Department ever." said Chief Buffington.

Chief Buffington was born in York and attended York City Schools, graduating from William Penn Senior High School in 1978. He lives in the City of York with his wife Lori. He has two daughters and a son. He is the son of Retired Assistant Chief James E. Buffington and Jessie E. Buffington, both deceased.

He is a former member of Fire/Rescue Explorer Post # 610 and served as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician providing over 3,000 hours of service.

The Chief is a graduate of the National Fire Academy. His areas of study include fire prevention and fire investigation.

He is the recipient of the Chief's commendation for rescuing several children and an adult who were trapped in a structure fire. He has also received three commendations from the Knights of Columbus for service to his community.

Chief Buffington currently serves as the President of the York County Fire Chiefs and Firefighters Association and is active in the York County Executive Fire Officer's Association, York County Public Safety Policy Board, National Fire Protection Association, the International Code Council, International Association of Arson Investigators, National Association of Fire Investigators, Pennsylvania Career Fire Chiefs Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs and the Pennsylvania Association of Fire Code Officials.

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