Holyoke Fire Department swears in nine new firefighters

  • Nine new firefighters were sworn in at the Holyoke Fire Department on Monday afternoon. HOLYOKE FIRE DEPARTMENT

Staff Writer
Published: 12/10/2019 3:30:07 PM

HOLYOKE — Nine new firefighters were sworn in during a badge pinning ceremony at the Holyoke Fire Department’s headquarters on High Street on Monday afternoon. 

Capt. Kevin Cavagnac said each recruit spent five weeks attending in-house training and will be assigned to an engine company to complete on-the-job training before attending the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy. Six of the recruits will start at the academy in April, with the other three attending in June, Cavagnac said.

The ceremony was marked by speeches by Fire Chief John Pond, Mayor Alex Morse, state Rep. Aaron Vega, D-Holyoke, Ward 2 City Councilor Terrence Murphy and Fire Commissioners George Mettey and Jason Trask.

Each new firefighter took an oath and was “pinned” with their badge by either family members or friends. The department gains new recruits about every other year, Cavagnac said, with this class mostly filling in for a spate of retirements. 

“Filling those spots allows us to maintain our staffing numbers,” Cavagnac said. “That keeps overtime costs down to the department and allows us to have resources when there are incidents.”

Monday’s sworn in recruits are Joel Rodriguez, Fernanda Hernandez, Daniel Boyle, Steven Jaimangal, Nathan Zayas, Kevin Quinones, Joseph Sanabria, Giovanni Ventura and Benjamin Franco-Santos.

Michael Connors can be reached at mconnors@gazettenet.com. 

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