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Office of the Fire Marshal

501 Main Street South
(3rd Floor)

Southbury, CT 06488
Maps and Directions
P:(203) 262-0620
F:(203) 264-3719
Monday - Thursday:
8:00am - 4:30pm
Fri: 8:00am - 1:00pm

Department Members


Barry Rickert - Fire Marshal

Barry Rickert, Fire Marshal for the Town of Southbury, was born and raised in Danbury, Connecticut.

He first ventured into Public Safety/Fire Service in 1970 as a volunteer firefighter in the Citizens Hose Company # 6, then as a volunteer in the Independent Hose Company #4, both in Danbury.

Barry decided on a career in Public Safety in 1973 when he joined the Danbury Fire Department. He went on to become a chauffer (driver) of an Engine Company and a Ladder Truck Company. He became a Certified Emergency Medical Technician in 1974 and spent some time working on the Ambulance (EMS), which at the time was a Division of the Fire Department. He was also assigned to the Dispatch Center early in his career.

Seeing an opportunity to learn, he enrolled in the Fire Science and Management program at Norwalk State Technical College. He graduated from NSTC in 1981 with an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science and Technology.

In 1985 he entered the Danbury Fire Marshals/Fire Prevention Bureau as an Inspector. He became a Deputy Fire Marshal in 1987 and Fire Marshal in 1999.

He retired from the Danbury Fire Department in July 2008 after serving 34 years, 7 months, and 18 days! During his career he received Citations for Bravery (rescuing a woman from a burning building), an Educational Achievement Citation and several Unit Citations. He also became a Nationally Certified Fire Inspector as well as a Nationally Certified Public Fire Educator.

He went on to work for JP Maguire, a restoration and clean-up (after fires, floods, etc) company.

In 2009 he was offered the position of Deputy State Fire Marshal from then Governor, Jodi Rell. He served in that capacity until July 2011.

In July 2012 Barry came to work for the Town of Southbury.

Married to his wife Judith (whom he met at a fire in 1977), they reside in Danbury. They have 3 sons, Barry II, Bryan, and Brendan, 2 daughter-in-laws, Jessica and Victoria, and 3 granddaughter Avianna, Stella and Ellie.

Daniel Tomascak - Deputy Fire Marshal & Local Burning Official

Dan Tomascak grew up and lives in Southbury. He has been a volunteer with Southbury Fire Department for 22 years. Four of those years were in the Junior Corp. Dan has an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from Keiser University.

Dan is certified in the following:

  • Firefighter 2
  • EMR
  • Associate Degree in Fire Science
  • EPA HazMat Tech
  • Certified Fire Marshal
  • Health and Safety Officer

Dan is currently the Chief of the Southbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association. Dan professional affiliations include the International Association of Arson Investigators.

Timothy Baldwin - Deputy Fire Marshal & Local Burning Official

Timothy Baldwin, Deputy Fire Marshal and Open burning official for the town of Southbury was born and raised in Southbury Connecticut.

His service in fire safety started in 1983 as a 3rd generation volunteer firefighter for the Southbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association and later became a member of the Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department. During his tenure at the Southbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association he rose through the ranks from Lieutenant to Fire Chief, leading the department from 1990 to 1992 and then again served as an officer first as the Assistant Fire Chief from 2001 to 2003 and then as Chief of the department from 2003 to 2006. As a member of the Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department he still serves as a Deputy Fire Marshal to this day.

In 1996 he was hired by the State of Connecticut as a firefighter at the Southbury Training School Fire Dept. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2005 and was appointed as Fire Chief of this Department in 2006. As Fire Chief at Southbury Training School he is responsible for all emergency service delivery to include fire, EMS, rescue and hazardous materials response and also oversees an aggressive fire prevention program. In addition he assists statewide with fire code and fire prevention issues as well as some emergency management functions within the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services. In addition to these duties he is also involved in the Connecticut West Incident Management Team.

As an EMS provider, DFM Baldwin also works with a local commercial ambulance service facilitating their OSHA compliance and injury reduction programs.

DFM Baldwin started at the Southbury Fire Marshal’s office after completing the Ct Department of Public Safety Fire Marshal program in 2001. His original fire code compliance duties centered on hazardous materials code enforcement. Since then he has worked on fire investigation and inspections and plan reviews on all occupancy types.

DFM Baldwin professional affiliations include the Connecticut Fire Marshals Association, the International Association of Arson Investigators, the Connecticut Career Fire Chiefs Association and the New Haven County Fire Plan. Married to his wife Linda they reside in Southbury with their children Sean, Nicholas, Kacie and Andrew and their family pet bloodhound Holly.

Derrek Guertin - Deputy Fire Marshal & Fire Investigator

Derrek Guertin lives in Southbury. He went to school in Newtown. He has been a volunteer with Southbury Fire Department for 10 years.

Derrek is certified in the following:

  • Firefighter 2
  • EMT
  • Fire Officer 2
  • Fire service Instructor
  • NFPA 472 HazMAt Tech
  • Certified Fire Marshal

Thomas Madigan - Deputy Fire Marshal & Local Burning Official

Deputy Fire Marshal Thomas Madigan grew up in Great Neck, NY, where he began his fire service career there as a member of the Great Neck Alert Fire Company in 1983.

He attended the University of New Haven where he graduated in 1986 with a BS degree in Arson Investigation with a minor in Criminal Justice and Certificate in Fire Prevention. While at UNH he had the opportunity to intern with the New York City Fire Department Bureau of Fire Investigations and Aetna Life and Causality Fire and Fraud Unit.

Upon graduation from UNH Tom was hired by INS Investigations Bureau as a Special Agent, he was tasked with conducting fire and fraud investigations in the Greater Boston, MA area. He continued to work for INS Investigations until 1994. During this time he remained involved in the fire service and was appointed as a Call Firefighter in the towns of Holbrook and Avon, MA where he also assisted as a fire investigator.

In 1994 he was appointed to the Braintree Fire Department in Massachusetts where he is currently a career Firefighter/Acting Lieutenant and a member of their fire investigation unit. Tom has remained working in the insurance field conducting fire investigations in the Tri-State Area and in Massachusetts, initially with EFI Global (formerly INS Investigations Bureau) and since 2010 with Acacia Investigations.

After completing certification program and testing through Connecticut Department of Public Safety as a Fire Marshal, Fire Investigator, Fire Code Inspector and Hazardous Materials Inspector. Tom was appointed as a Deputy Fire Marshal for the Town of Southbury in December 2010.

Tom is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators, and a Certified Fire Service Instructor. In his over 30 years in the fire service he has participated and taught in numerous courses in fire investigation, suppression and prevention. He has testified in in federal and state courts as an expert witness in the determination of fire origin and cause.

Tom lives in Orange, CT with his wife Jill and his 2 daughters Ashley and Cassie.

Russell E Tolles - Deputy Fire Marshal & Local Burning Official

Deputy Fire Marshal Russell Tolles joined the Southbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association Junior Corps. in the Spring of 1994. He served as Secretary and Captain until the summer of his 18th birthday.

Afterwards, he joined as an apprentice of the Southbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association (SVFA). During his time as an apprentice, and eventual member of the SVFA, Russell attended the University of New Haven’s Fire Science program. While at UNH, he received his B.S. in Fire Science Administration, his A.S.in Fire & Occupational Safety, and certificates in Fire/Arson Investigation, Industrial Fire Protection, Fire Prevention and Hazardous Materials. Russell was also a member of Lambda Alpha Epsilon (Criminal Justice Society), and served as Hall Council Treasurer.

As a member of the Southbury Volunteer Fireman’s Association, Russell attends numerous training courses. He is certified in the following:

  • Connecticut Firefighter I & II
  • National Firefighter I & II
  • Internationally Accredited Firefighter II
  • Elevator Emergencies
  • CPR/First Responder
  • Among others

Most recently Russell finished a tour in the United States Coast Guard (USCG). During his time in the USCG, he was involved in the testing of new standards. Such standards include the replacement of the original Halon 1301 systems, C4/TNT Detection devices (the machines that scan luggage at airports) and shatterproof glass for cargo and cruise ship engine compartments. Russell also participated in Terrorist Training in San Francisco. This training was to interconnect all sectors of Emergency Responders, including Fire, Police, EMS, SWAT, USCG, State Police, among others.

While testing the Halon 1301 replacement and Shatterproof glass testing, Russell served under Dave Bean. C4/TNT Detection, he served under Dr. Chin Wu Su. Terrorist Training, he served under Dr. Silver and Ensign John Dewey, USCG.

Russell was rated as a Storekeeper 3rd Class while in the USCG, and upon completion of his tour he promptly started training to be a State of Connecticut Fire Marshal. He completed all modules to be certified as a Fire Marshal November of 2006 and was hired as a Deputy Fire Marshal for the Town of Southbury March 2007. Russell is also certified by the State of Connecticut's Department of Environmental Protection as a Local Burning Official for the Town of Southbury. He is also a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators CT Chapter.