Boardman Fire Department promotes 2 firefighters to assistant chief, captain

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Chief Mark Pitzer said the department is continuing to look ahead

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Boardman Fire Department has a new assistant chief and captain.

Two members of the department were promoted Monday night.

Captain Rob John was hired as assistant chief. He’s taking over for Joe Romeo, who retired.

Fire Prevention Lt. William Ferrando was promoted to the position of captain.

Chief Mark Pitzer said the process for the promotions is challenging.

“There is a testing process in there which they are given material to study from. They do a stringent interview process. The first interview was with myself and the police chief and the administrator,” Pitzer said.

The next interview was with the board of trustees.

“It was a very stressful process, dealing with a lot of great candidates. Up until the last minute, you don’t know what’s going to happen,” Ferrando said.

Pitzer said the new positions come with increased responsibilities. The transition from captain to assistant fire chief means you are in charge of more than a crew.

“Now, they are responsible for the overall operation of an incident. As assistant chief, you have to have that view on the management of the incident scene, which is very critical,” Pitzer said. “We’re always looking to improve our fire department with the selections that were made tonight. Tonight, we’ll be able to move our fire department into the future,” he said.

In total, five people applied for the two positions — three captains interviewed for assistant fire chief and two firefighters wanted captain.

John and Ferrando will be sworn in at the next trustees meeting.

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