Chief MacInnis Retires

Chief MacInnis and Mayor McCarthy retirement proclamation


by Chris Wangler

July 10, 2022


After 34 years, including four as chief, Waltham Fire Chief Tom MacInnis retired Saturday during a ceremony at Moody Street Station.

Chief MacInnis with his retirement proclamation

On hand were elected officials, Waltham Police leaders, the chief’s proud family, friends and fellow firefighters.

Chief MacInnis and his family
Chief MacInnis and his family

Tom MacInnis was hired back in 1988 and made lieutenant in 1998 and captain in 2002. He became a deputy chief in 2008 and was named chief of Waltham Fire in June 2018.

He leaves on a high note, having overseen the successful renovation and expansion of Moody Fire.

Chief MacInnis with Mayor and former Fire Chief
Chief MacInnis with Mayor McCarthy and former Fire Chief Paul Ciccone

During a tenure free of major crises, the department added new high-tech respiratory gear and participated in a number of community building events and initiatives, such as Santa parades.

Waltham Fire also emerged as an important voice for fire safety amid a glut of large-scale development happening in the city.

Chief MacInnis in Fire Truck

Photos provided by Peter Lobo