Longtime Marlborough firefighter Bob Dolan retires


Longtime Marlborough firefighter Bob Dolan retires
Bob and Darlene Dolan

MARLBOROUGH – Firefighter Robert “Bob” Dolan worked his final tour of duty on Feb. 11.

A small collation was held at the fire headquarters on Maple Street that was attended by both active firefighters and retirees.

Dolan started his career with the Marlborough Fire Department in 1991, when he was appointed as a “permanent-intermittent” firefighter, which locked in his position on the hiring list. As a “permanent-intermittent” firefighter, he worked in Fire Dispatch and as a clerk, issuing permits and doing data entry into the then brand new computer system.

His appointment to the Fire Department came through in 1993.

He was assigned to Group 3, then to Group 2, where he spent the balance of his career.

“I have been assigned to every station and either rode or driven every rig in the Department,” said Dolan.

He is ending his career as the driver of Tower 1.

Dolan was an original member of the Department of Fire Services District 3 Hazmat team.

One of his accomplishments was the creation of the “Holiday Baskets,” where firefighters and family members purchased and put together meals to deliver to veterans and those less fortunate.

“The NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt did a segment about the Holiday Baskets program. It was our two minutes of fame,” he said with a laugh.

Some of the bigger fires he recalled responding to was the eight-alarm fire on Main Street, the six-alarm fire at the Lakeside Condominiums and the barn fire at the Hillside School Farm.

Dolan resides in Marlborough with his wife Darlene and they have three children and eight grandchildren.


Firefighters bring dinners to local families