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Falls appoints fire marshal to dual post

Capitalizing on efficiencies and cost savings created by recently combining the position of township manager and code enforcement director, the Supervisors approved naming Falls Township Fire Marshal Rich Dippolito as assistant township manager effective August 1st. 

Rich will continue to serve as fire marshal, as he has done since 2008. As Director of Emergency Services/Assistant Manager, Rich will assist Township Manager Matt Takita on an as-needed basis, according to Supervisor Chairman Jeff Dence. 

Prior to transitioning to township manager in June, Matt had served as assistant township manager, along with his position as director of building, planning and code enforcement.

“The Supervisors are excited to expand Rich’s duties,” Jeff said. “Since he began his career with Falls almost 20 years ago, Rich has and continues to be an asset to our township and community.”

Rich was hired in 2002 as a fire inspector. 

By August 2008, he was promoted to fire marshal and emergency management coordinator. 

In his new role, Rich will earn $130,000 per year.

“He keeps me involved and aware of everything going on,” Rich said of Matt’s ability to effectively communicate with township staff. 

In addition to his work with the township, Rich has served as a volunteer firefighter for Fairless Hills Fire Department since January 1978. 

He served nearly 20 years as the fire department’s chief. 

PHOTO CAP: Rich Dippolito

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