New OCFD Chief Reports for Duty, Puts Focus on Fire Safety


After being officially sworn-in on June 11, Ocean City’s new fire chief, Richard Bowers, reported for his first day of duty this week.

Chief Bowers begins his position leading the Ocean City Fire Department with more than 40 years of experience in the field of fire, rescue and emergency medical services. He has served in every rank, including all levels in the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service where he was named Fire Chief in 2004 and in 2013 for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

“Being only the second Fire Chief to ever serve the Ocean City community is not only a great honor but also a great responsibility,” commented Chief Bowers.  “I look forward to engaging this community, building relationships with our residents and visitors and continuing to make the Ocean City Fire Department the very best that it can be.”

Chief Bowers is already setting his sights on an important topic regarding fire safety: illegal fireworks. As we approach the Fourth of July holiday, the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office is teaming up with the Police Department and Beach Patrol to prevent the possession and use of illegal fireworks in the resort town. Special patrol teams will be on hand at the beach and in neighborhoods throughout Ocean City to enforce the ordinance.

“Chief Bowers brings four decades of community service and public safety leadership to Ocean City,” commented City Manager Doug Miller.  “Along with his strong drive and diverse management experience, it is his positive energy and enthusiastic attitude to the fire service that makes him a great fit for Ocean City.”