ITHACA, N.Y. –– On Thursday, the IFD welcomed a new member and promoted two others.

Ithaca Fire Chief Tom Parsons and City Clerk Julie Holcomb presided over the promotions and swearing-in ceremony for newly hired firefighter Ryan Saul, newly promoted Lieutenant Trevor Peyus and newly promoted Asst. Chief Thomas Basher Jr.

Once newly minted firefighter Ryan Saul is done with his basic training he’ll be thrown into the mix of firefighters on call 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

Promoted Lt. Peyus will be working on the Department’s “D” shift and Assistant Chief Basher will be heading up the Department’s Training Division.

Friends, family, Council Members and many firefighters were on hand to mark the occasion. All three are excited to bring their skills and talents to their roles in the department, according to a press release from IFD.

In 2016, the Ithaca Fire Department received a $634,000 federal grant to fund the salary of four firefighters for two years. When awarded, the IFD said it was a good start to getting closer to the number of firefighters they need to handle their call volume.

IFD, which did not technically have any positions cut in this year’s budget, did lose two firefighters after the expiration of that grant funding. Two of the positions were made permanent, while two have been left vacant. There are also plans for a new pumper truck for the department anda new deputy chief position created in the budget this year. That position is slated to start in March.

Featured image courtesy of the Ithaca Fire Department. 

Anna Lamb

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