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New Hope Eagle Fire Company Appoints First Paid Chief

The new chief will make history for the fire company.

Gary F. Breuer.

The New Hope Eagle Fire Company announced on Tuesday the appointment of the first paid chief in its 201-year history.

Gary F. Breuer, who has extensive experience in emergency services, will begin the job on Monday, February 5.

The fire company serves New Hope Borough and a significant portion of Solebury Township.

As the new chief, he will lead a team of volunteer officers, firefighters, and first responders who collectively answer over 400 calls annually.

In a statement, the fire company said it conducted a national search before selecting Breuer.

“The Eagle Fire Company is one of the oldest volunteer fire companies in the nation and has a dynamic and growing volunteer membership-and decided to create this new leadership structure to ensure its commitment to remaining a strong volunteer service organization through enhanced training, leadership development, and community engagement,” the statement said.

Breuer’s 40-year career in emergency services includes roles as a firefighter, rescue technician, swift water and marine rescue technician, emergency medical technician, and police officer.

Breuer is currently the per-diem deputy chief of the Lambertville Fire Department and serves as a leader with the New Jersey State Police’s Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1, a team that responds to Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) requests during disasters.

Additionally, Breuer is a chief instructor at the Hunterdon County Emergency Services Training Center and actively responds with the West Amwell Volunteer Fire Company and the Remington-Raritan First Aid and Rescue Squad. He served for 20 years as a police officer in Hunterdon County.

Breuer, a graduate of Hunterdon Central High School and the College of New Jersey, resides in West Amwell with his wife and children.

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