Fire Commission promotes seven new officers


Seven firefighters were recenetly promoted, during a recent Fire Commission meeting. Shown are Assistant Chiefs Schuyler Sherwood and Erik Kalapir and Lts. Dennis Eannotti, Jim Shiller, Jay Swindon and Bob Smith.

At its Feb. 5 meeting in the John Sullivan Independence Hall, Fairfield’s Fire Commission made public the results of recent promotional examinations, announcing the promotions of Lt. Schuyler Sherwood and Erik Kalapir to assistant chiefs and firefighters Dennis Eannotti, Jim Shiller, Jay Swindon, Jeff Edmondson and Bob Smith to lieutenants, effective Feb. 8.

The promotional lists were promulgated, or formally announced in the parlance of collective bargaining agreements, as the result of written and oral examinations ,which took place in January after a postponement in late October due to Hurricane Sandy.

Seven lieutenants were named on the promotional list for assistant chief —  Sherwood, Kalapir, Patrick Barry, Roger Caisse, John Cronin, Darrick Lundeen, and Phil Higgins Jr. — and the first two were promoted to the shift commander openings on C and D Platoon. Thirteen firefighters were named on the promotional list for lieutenant — Eannotti, Shiller, Swindon, Edmondson,  Smith, Scott Trembley, Brian McHugh, Joseph Galla, Jeffrey Pinckney, Jonathon Catandella, Thomas Pond, Kevin Polcer, and Finn MacDaniel – with the first five promoted to lieutenant openings as company officers across the four shifts.

Many family members were in attendance for the meeting at which each new officer was asked to stand for applause when their name was announced by Chief Robert Felner. A more formal ceremony will be held next Feb. 12 at fire headquarters on Reef Road for family, friends and department members to celebrate their promotion.

“I’m very excited about these promotions; we have a lot of young talent and we’re looking forward to moving ahead,” Felner sad. “Our promotional process is very thorough, and my goal is that my fire fighters get home after every shift and all our citizens are safe. Like it says on our trucks, our family is here to serve your family.”

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