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Two firefighting careers came to an end this month, two new ones began, and 3 members gained new responsibilities.

First we congratulate Captain Rob Wade on his retirement from the Fire Department.  Captain Wade was hired in March of 1992 and served for 24 years.  In his years of service he worked his way up through the ranks, starting as a Firefighter, then Driver, and for over half of his career he held the position of Captain.  Rob was a joy to work with and fun to have around.  He always had a few good words of wisdom to pass on.  We wish him well in his future endeavors and hope he enjoys his retirement, he has earned it.

The other vacancy came from Driver Ed Morris, who took a city management job on the other side of the country.  Ed has been working hard to earn a degree over the past few years, and it has paid off for him.  He was hired by a small town in Vermont and started his new venture earlier this month.  For 16 years Mr. Morris was a hardworking, contributing member of the Fire Department, and he will be missed.  Vermont is lucky to have him, we wish him the best of luck on his new career.

With vacancies comes movement among the ranks.  Both Driver and Captain promotional tests had some fierce competition and brought forth numerous potential candidates.  In this go-round the hard work, dedication and late night studying paid off for three candidates.  So please help us congratulate newly promoted Driver/Operators Sean Burgess and Brian rice, as well as newly promoted Captain Tom Bloxham.  New Driver Burgess has been with the department since 2006 and will stay on B-shift.  New Driver Rice has been with the Department since 2005 and will stay on A-shift.  And new Captain Bloxham has been with the department since 2003 and will move to C-shift.  Good job, boys, and good luck with your new assignments.

As always with promotions come new hires.  The lucky fellas this round are Firefighters Kyle Eldridge and Joseph Renaldi.  Both new hires have completed their initial training and are now on shift.  Firefighter Eldridge has been assigned to A-shift and Firefighter Renaldi has been assigned to B-shift.  The two of them are fitting in nicely with their engine companies and have tirelessly started working on their first year training requirements.  So if you see a couple of wide eyed fellas with us, shake their hand and help us welcome them to the city.

That’s about it for this month, and until next time, don't forget to wave to the boys in the BRT.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!