Position(s): International (2014-17)
Fire Chief Thaddeus Lowden is the Chief of the Department and is responsible for the daily operations of the Fire Department reporting directly to the Board of Fire Commissioners.
Ted Lowden is a 40-year veteran of the fire service. Chief Lowden's fire service career began in 1975, when he joined the Marlton Fire Company (Evesham Township). Chief Lowden worked his way up through all of the ranks within the volunteer department. Chief Lowden also acted as the department training officer during his service with the Marlton Fire Company. In 1984 he was appointed as a career firefighter, and then later, was appointed to the position of career Deputy Fire Marshal. In 1988, at the age of 34, he was promoted to the rank of career Fire Chief.
Chief Lowden is active in many fire service organizations which include: the New Jersey State Career Fire Chiefs Association, the National Society of Executive Fire Officers, Burlington County 200 Club, New Jersey Fire Chiefs Association, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, where he is past president of the Eastern Division section. Chief Lowden has served as a charter member of the Burlington County Fire Advisory Board and as a past President of the Burlington County Fire Chiefs Association. In Burlington County, he also served as a Deputy Fire Coordinator and was a representative on the Emergency Services Academy New Building Committee, as well as Chairperson of the Burlington County Emergency Services Advisory Board for over a decade. On a National level, Chief Lowden serves with the National Wildfire Coordinating Group as a subject matter expert, and is the Past President of the Eastern Division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Chief Lowden has designed and authored curriculum for the National Fire Academy, is a graduate of their Executive Fire Officer Program, and serves as an adjunct instructor. He has published a number of articles in fire service trade journals and holds the national designation of Chief Fire Officer as issued by IAFC/ICMA. In 2014, Lowden was elected and currently serves as Eastern Division International Director on the IAFC's Board of Directors.
Chief Lowden has been the recipient of numerous awards through his career including two life saving awards, the Burlington County 200 Club’s Distinguished Service Award in 2002, and the Burlington County Emergency Services Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. In 2012, Ted received the C. Kenneth Anderson Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Jersey Fire and Emergency Medical Services Institute in recognition of his national and state leadership role as well as for 37 years of firefighting service to his Burlington County community. Chief Lowden was also the runner up for the Fire Chief of the Year Award as sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs in 2005. Chief Lowden also acts as an independent fire protection consultant and has served as a presenter at many fire service educational conferences through the United States.
Chief Lowden is a life long resident of Evesham Township. He attended the Evesham School system and graduated Lenape High School in 1975. Chief Lowden continues to reside in Evesham, with his wife Mary of 31 years, and his son "T.J.". Chief Lowden has an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Science from Burlington County College, a Bachelor's Degree in Fire Science from the University of Maryland, and a Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration from St. Joseph's University in May of 2002.
In addition to Chief Lowden's contributions to the community through the fire service, he is also very involved in the community in other capacities as well. He has served on both the Fall and Winter Festival Committees, currently holds a seat on the Evesham Township Zoning Board and has served on the Evesham Township Planning Board as well.