Klein Volunteer Fire Department swears in first paid fire chief

Michael Gosselin (right) takes the oath of office at a swearing-in ceremony July 20 to become Klein Volunteer Fire Department's first paid chief.

Michael Gosselin (right) takes the oath of office at a swearing-in ceremony July 20 to become Klein Volunteer Fire Department's first paid chief.

The Klein Volunteer Fire Department swore in Michael Gosselin—the first paid fire chief in the department's 68-year history—during a ceremony July 20.

Since its inception in 1951, the KVFD has been led by an elected volunteer, Deputy Chief Eric Reinkemeyer said during the ceremony. However, Reinkemeyer said over the past almost seven decades the needs of the Klein area have grown exponentially with its population.

“Times have changed,” Reinkemeyer said. “Long gone are the days where most people live and work in close proximity. The community has grown, and the needs for fire suppression and rescue have grown.”

Today, the KVFD has seven stations, 30 pieces of equipment and more than 200 personnel covering 52 square miles. Reinkemeyer said while elected volunteers have served as KVFD’s chief for the past 68 years, the role is a lot to ask of someone without compensation.

“The responsibilities of a fire chief are fierce and demanding,” Reinkemeyer said. “They must ensure the firefighters they lead are well-trained and have all the tools and gear they need for every possible scenario that may arise. The fire chief must also be inspired and motivated, leading from the front and paving the way. So is it right for the department and the community to ask a volunteer to devote this much time away from their job and family? The members of this department have answered.”

The KVFD underwent an organizational bylaw change and put the decision through two committees, nine phone interviews and two face-to-face interviews prior to swearing in Gosselin on July 20, Reinkemeyer said.

Originally from Manchester, New Hampshire, Gosselin grew up as the grandson and nephew of firefighters and is also the son of a Navy veteran. Gosselin and his family moved to Klein when he was a freshman in high school, and he graduated from Klein High School.

In 1983, Gosselin joined the Spring Fire Department and later joined the Conroe Fire Department, where he served for 32 years before retiring as deputy chief.

“He told me today that he loved the job the same way the first day and the last day,” Reinkemeyer said.

For the past two years, Gosselin has served as KVFD’s executive administrator running day-to-day operations of the department. Following a lengthy process, Reinkemeyer said the department’s membership approved the board’s recommendation to hire Gosselin as KVFD’s first paid chief earlier this month.

“I accept this position with a great deal of responsibility and respect,” Gosselin said after taking the oath of office.

Concluding the swearing-in ceremony, Reinkemeyer presented Gosselin with his first KVFD fire chief helmet.

SHARE THIS STORY


MOST RECENT

Houston 2026 World Cup Bid Committee
Houston vying to become host city for 2026 FIFA World Cup

Houston is among 17 U.S. cities in the race to host the World Cup and is competing against other major cities, such as New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas, for the nod.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner addresses the Texas General Land Office at a Dec. 11 public hearing. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Houston area leaders call for more federal flood dollars at public meeting

Officials expressed concerns about proposed limitations for how federal funds will be allocated throughout the state.

Check out the annual Tomball German Christmas Market this weekend, Dec. 13-15, in Old Town Tomball. (Courtesy city of Tomball)
German Christmas Market: A guide to the Tomball event this weekend, Dec. 13-15

Take a look at our guide for attending the Tomball German Christmas Market this weekend.

Bigotes Street Tacos
Bigotes Street Tacos to open third location in Spring

The Spring food truck will be the eatery's third location.

AnChoi House of Pho and Boba Tea
Formerly Thai Express, AnChoi House of Pho and Boba Tea serves Vietnamese, Asian-fusion dishes in Spring

Located at 6615 N. Grand Parkway W., Ste. 305, Spring, the business recently underwent a name change.

Located at 5200 Louetta Road, Ste. 110, Spring, the grill offers wings; specialty fries; burgers; pizza; tacos; and appetizers, such as giant pretzels. (Courtesy Mak's Sports Bar   Grill)
MaK's Place reopens in Spring as Mak's Sports Bar + Grill

Mak’s Sports Bar + Grill features pool tables, trash can pong, televisions for sporting events and hosts live music.

Following the Nov. 5 election, incumbents Deborah Jensen (right) and Justine Durant (left) as well as newcomer Kelly P. Hodges (center) took the oath of office for the Spring ISD board of trustees Dec. 10. (Courtesy Spring ISD)
Spring ISD incumbents, Kelly P. Hodges take oaths of office

Following the Nov. 5 election, incumbents Deborah Jensen and Justine Durant, as well as newcomer Kelly P. Hodges, took the oath of office for the Spring ISD board of trustees Dec. 10.

Licensed registered nurses can earn the Bachelor of Science in nursing degree to be better prepared for leadership and management roles. (Courtesy Lone Star College)
Lone Star College approved to offer bachelor’s degree programs in 2020

Starting in fall 2020, Lone Star College will be one of the first community colleges in the state where students can work toward certain four-year degrees.

Farrel’s Extreme Bodyshaping
Farrel’s Extreme Bodyshaping coming soon to Stuebner Airline Road

In addition to kickboxing and strength training classes, the franchise offers a 10-week group fitness program that incorporates personal coaches, body scanning and nutrition coaching.

Cathy Arellano Rob Ellis oaths
Rob Ellis, Cathy M. Arellano take oaths of office for Klein ISD board of trustees

Incumbent Cathy M. Arellano and newly-elected Rob Ellis took oaths of office for the Klein ISD Board of Trustees during the Dec. 2 board meeting.

Paradise Grills opened a new showroom in October on I-45 in Spring. (Courtesy Paradise Grills)
Paradise Grills showroom now open on I-45 in Spring

The location offers a large selection of outdoor kitchens, bar systems, grills, fire pits, fireplaces and tiki huts.

Tropical City Daiquiris To Go is now open on Kuyekndahl Road in Spring (Courtesy Tropical City Daiquiris To Go)
Tropical City Daiquiris To Go now open on Kuykendahl Road in Spring

The business offers eight daiquiri flavors year-round, including Tropical Rita, Pina Colada and Orange Octane, in addition to seasonal offerings and shots.

Back to top