Promotions expected for 35 career firefighters Ceremony scheduled for today

gains by minorities are noted

December 02, 1997

County Fire Administrator Steven D. Halford is expected to promote 35 career firefighters during a ceremony at Anne Arundel Community College this morning.

Halford announced yesterday that he will promote 11 firefighters to the rank of emergency medical technician/firefighter III, a position responsible for driving heavy fire apparatus.

Eleven more firefighters will become emergency medical technician-paramedic/firefighters, or firefighters who have two additional years of training in advanced emergency medical life support.

Nine people will become lieutenants.

Halford will also promote Ronald C. Fleischmann, a 23-year veteran, to battalion chief; and Michelle Delalla, Douglas G. Fishel Jr. and Daryl D. Sensenig to captain.

Halford said in a news release that the promotion showed the department was making progress toward promoting minorities in county government.

During the three years of County Executive John G. Gary's administration, Walford said, the fire department has gotten its first female battalion chief, its first African-American captain and three of the five current female lieutenants.

The promotion of at least one more female battalion chief is expected within 10 months.

"Progress in mainstreaming minorities into management positions is difficult in a white, male-dominated profession such as ours, so we are grateful to Mr. Gary and his staff for the additional opportunities afforded to all promotional candidates," Halford said in a written statement.

Pub Date: 12/02/97

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