Fire Commission Promotes Seven New Officers

Effective Friday, two will be promoted to the position of assistant chief and five to the rank of lieutenant.

The Fairfield Fire Commission ushered in a wave of "new energy" to fill vacancies in the assistant chief and lieutenant rankings of the Fire Department with the promotions of seven officers on Tuesday.

Two lieutenants were promoted to assistant chief positions and five firefighters to lieutenant positions as a result of written and oral examinations conducted in January.

Effective Friday, Feb. 8, Schuyler Sherwood and Eric Kalapir will both be promoted to assistant chief/shift commander. Dennis Eannotti, James Shiller, Joseph Swindon, Jeff Edmondson, and Robert Smith will become lieutenants.

"It's an exciting time -- not just for them, but for us," Assistant Chief Chris Tracy said. "It brings new energy to the department."

To be considered for these promotions, the firefighters had to pass a written test administered over two days in early January and then an oral exam conducted over three days during the last week of January.

A promotions list for each rank was created based on the results of the exams. The Fire Commission promulgated -- or formally announced -- the lists, which were immediately put into effect and are good for 18 months. These lists avoid the need for provisional -- or temporary -- promotions to fill assistant chief and lieutenant vacancies.

Based on the test results and the promulgated lists, there are five more men who are qualified to fill vacancies as they arise in the assistant chief positions and eight firefighters who can fill future lieutenant openings.

Those men are:

For Future Assistant Chief Vacanies, in the following order: 

  • Patrick Barry
  • Roger Caisse
  • John Cronin
  • Darrick Lundeen
  • Philip Higgins

For Future Lieutenant Vacancies, in the following order:

  • Scott Trembley
  • Brian McHugh
  • Joseph Galla
  • Jeff Pinckney
  • Jonathan Catandella
  • Thomas Pond
  • Kevin Polcer
  • Finn MacDaniel

"Every one of these fellows that made it deserved it. These are smart, sharp people," Felner said. "I’m very excited about these promotions; we have a lot of young talent and we’re looking forward to moving ahead."

"Our promotional process is very thorough, and my goal is that my firefighters get home after every shift and all our citizens are safe, " he added.

Nonsense February 08, 2013 at 03:56 AM
Greg..its amazing how so many people claim the pension is at "their expense". Have you ever divied up the town budget and actually calculated how much YOU acutally pay into the pension?!?! I'll give you your $14.93 back. Do you know the town for years (I'll help you out..town = taxpayers) didnt pay into the pension as required, and that it was funded only by employee contributions and market performance?!!?!? Interesting that the TOWN invested in Madoff, but now everyone is turning against the unions as though it is their fault!! Regardless..that was only about $15 mil ... all it did was make the town fulfill the obligation it always had...contribute to the pension!!
Nonsense February 08, 2013 at 04:06 AM
Johnny..if you think their salary is $150k, you are nuts... if they make OT its because there are openings and or vacancies that have to be filled. If you look at comparable towns, Fairfield has fewer firefighters and cops than others..as in..they are at the BOTTOM of the list, salary and personnel wise! You may work Mon-Fri 9-5 for your job at whatever salary it is. The cop or FF who manages to pull in $140k is NOT working 9-5!! He/she is skipping days off, holidays, weekends, vacations, family events, etc..working shifts that are open, in order to make that money. They hustle and squeeze their family lives in between. They dont create the OT...they WORK IT because management has identified a need!
Flannery February 08, 2013 at 11:43 AM
debra, no they don't as you put it, " but lets get real here.the vast majority of their time is spent sitting around." Take a day and spend it in a firehouse in Fairfield. I suggest Station One HQ, downtown. See what those men and woman do on a daily basis before making your crude, rude and ignorant comment. Thank your Father for his service. We all owe him as you owe it to the Firefighters to see what they do before spouting off.
debra moore February 08, 2013 at 12:43 PM
hey nonsense,a company commander is called a captain for your information. I didn't say my father was alone in looking over his men.the fact is they were under fire.how many firemen were shot in Fairfield last year Einstein?you come across as an apologist for all the monkey business going on with the pensions. maybe you are a retired fireman,eh?
Nonsense February 08, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Debra...you opened up the line yourself when you for some bizarre reason brought in a comparison to the Korean War... and YOU brought up your dad looking after 130 guys...not me. Since I've actually served in combat I know that is about a company sized unit regardless of what your formal title is. Then YOU allude to your dad taking care of them himself as a 23 year old...which is delusional. The point I am making is that any functional organizations have multiple levels of supervison and leadership. No one guy (gal) does it all. Likewise, the FD has multiple levels. Regarding salaries... they are NEGOTIATED WITH THE TOWN. Nothing is hidden, go get copies of the contracts if you are so interested. If you actually analyzed the facts, instead of responding emotionally, you would find that salaries are not 150K, they are more like 50-80k depending on rank. What they make over that is OT from filling vacant shifts (which means Sat and Sun, and overnight, etc etc)..Its not their salary.
Nonsense February 08, 2013 at 03:31 PM
If you want to dig around...why not ask the Fire Chief to explain why he rotated certain people through the training grounds to boost their salary when he knew they were about to retire (training ground guy makes and extra amount..maybe 8-10k)...NOW THAT is where the problem is... and who is the Chief?? HE REPRESENTS TOWN MANAGEMENT!!! Dont attack the rank and file for something a non-union TOWN DEPARTMENT HEAD is doing!! Call HIM on the carpet!
debra moore February 08, 2013 at 04:13 PM
no doubt in my mind,nonsense. you are either an active,or retired fireman.
Nonsense February 08, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Actually I'm not...and I dont even know why that would be relevant. What do you do for work?? Maybe we can all join in and rip your salary apart...or perhaps your husbands
John Smith February 08, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Any firefighter want to trade for my 70 hour workweek job in finance paying 70K with no job security, no pension, no overtime pay??? Didn't think so. I'd take a job with the Fairfield Fire Dept in a heartbeat. I know cops and firemen. In the papers and in public they'll tell you they work hard etc ( like everyone else is working a cushy 9 to 5 job LOL!), but you get them on the golf course and they're the first to admit how crazy it is.
John Smith February 08, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Anyone in the Fairfield Fire Dept want to trade for my 70 hour a week job in finance paying $70K with no pension or job security? No?? Didn't think so.
Nonsense February 08, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Then pick up an application. For decades they have posted Town jobs in the paper - no doubt you've seen them. Instead of applying, for whatever reason, you chose to continue whatever it is you do.. just like some people read what was offered and chose to apply. Others go to law school or medical school or whatever. Don't begrudge people for the decisions YOU made. Emergency services are like insurance policies towns and cities have in case they are needed. Yeah...there may be slow times, and then there are times they dont stop for a minute. Its like car insurance, it sucks to pay until your kid wrecks the car and it would have cost you $15k out of pocket, not counting medical bills.
mike johnson February 08, 2013 at 05:44 PM
I think flannery is also a fireman. he says each fire truck is short one man,but by who? the fire dept.! its not a valid argument.
Brem February 08, 2013 at 05:58 PM
Take the test John. Just pick up an application and take the test.
Seriously February 08, 2013 at 06:22 PM
I cannot believe what I am reading on here. Some of you should be ashamed of yourselves. May you be blessed never to be in a traffic accident, or have your house catch on fire, or have a medical emergency, but if you do, and you're dying I bet you would pay these guys anything to save your life. For any firefighter who has the misfortune of reading these sad posts from bitter people, you should know the vast majority of us our thankful for what you do. And no, I wouldn't trade my lower paying job for yours, I don't have the skills,or the courage to do what you do. We pay sports stars millions of dollars to entertain us and we worship them, people who are willing to die for us we harass. No wonder this country has lost it's way.
Seriously February 08, 2013 at 06:30 PM
If you want to bust on unions, gripe about the municipal workers, there is no reason for office staff to be unionized. There are no work hazards, no safety needs, no poor working conditions, no specialized training. Those unions exist to suck your wallet dry. You want to talk abuse and 9-5 union jobs look at town hall where everyone from a desk clerk to the financial controller is in a union. Would I trade my 70k financial job for their cushy desk job with a lifetime pension and free medical. Heck yeah.
Eleanor February 08, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Would that be the same controller the board of finance just hired to be their "clerk" for $12,000? What a joke. Hiller did the job for $5,000. What makes this person so special. More government waste and we all pay, does that go towards her pension? Did anyone run the calculation on that raise? Hypocrites. And watch now the BOF will plead poverty and cut the budget to protect their own.
fran mills February 08, 2013 at 06:45 PM
seriously,you come across as a first class bed wetter. no one on these posts is saying these men dont perform a worthy task,but please,lets not turn them into demi-gods.they are very well paid for what they do. what irks most people is getting taken advantage of,like with this.".retirement" scam.
Freedom February 08, 2013 at 06:52 PM
The retirement "scam" as you call it was on the management side. Just like the mismanagement over at the BOF who just hired a clerk for $7,000 more than their last clerk made. Jokes always on us the taxpayer. Here's a thought, cut the clerk position, the rest of do our own work so should you.
Brem February 08, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Hey mike, read the post, Flannery quotes the NFPA, thats the National Fire Protection Administration. Here is his post....So bob, You have read NFPA 1710 and realize that every apparatus in Fairfield is understaffed by one firefighter. Plain and simple bob you don't have any idea what you are talking about. Mike your not valid
Igor February 08, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Seriously, you are right, especially the firemen should be ashamed of themselves. I am not saying that the fire department doesn't to an excellent job. They do. What I am saying is take the money that you deserve, but don't inflate the position so you can get more money after you retire. It's not like it's a big secret of the money and duties involved. if you don't like it find another job. Don't try to make up for it by robbing us when you retire. BTW iamspartacus thank God you are here, since you seem to know everything about everything. I find you an ignorant bore.
Biff February 08, 2013 at 07:10 PM
They are all the same. The BoF just rotated their staff around and bumped their clerk up $7,000 when the last one made 5k. How much does that effect the pension? Don't think we will see that item on for discussion on their agenda any time soon.
John Smith February 08, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Take the test? Let me know when they offer it. They'll be 2000 others in line too and you also have to confront quota's and nepotism.
Biff February 08, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Eleanor, good point, does the controller get a pension and this increase adds to it? Can someone from the BoF figure out the numbers and tell the public the real truth. Is anyone else tired of these government antics?
Brem February 08, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Fran you better reread all the posts. there is plenty of hateful stuff being said about the firemen
Brem February 08, 2013 at 07:58 PM
john just go to Fire HQ and pick up an application.
Nonsense February 08, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Igor... CHIEF FELNER..MANAGEMENT - NON UNION - TOWN DEPARTMENT HEAD, rotated those 2 Asst Chiefs into the position at the Fire Training Grounds!!! That position calls for an extra 8k-10k a year and that is why they retired at a boosted salary... EVERYONE KNEW THEY WERE RETIRING!! THE UNION EVEN GRIEVED THE TRANSFERS, but the Chief did it anyway... hold HIM accountable for why Asst Chief Tracey was rotated out of the Training Grounds so that the other 2 could rotate through and get more money in their pension!!! On second thought, why bother, you can smack someone in their face (literally) and get away with it...the point is... this scandal is all due to MANAGEMENT..not the Union!!
Nonsense February 08, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Again John.. speaking without facts... yes there would probably be a lot of applicants, but Fairfield has NO QUOTA SYSTEM... as for Nepotism... thats the Chief's/Fire Commission's responsibility .. investigate what they do... the Union doesnt hire anyone so dont blame them for nepotism!
Brem February 08, 2013 at 10:47 PM
of corse there are a lot of applicants. Its the Greatest job in the world!!!!
Igor February 09, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Nonsense please go back and read the postings, I never mentioned the Union. I do think the fire dept does do a good job and work for their pay. I just don't like the elevation in rank to pad their pockets at the expense of the tax payer.
iamspartacus February 11, 2013 at 01:28 PM
you are welcome, and of course you find anyone who holds a mirror up to you a bore most ignorant people do.


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