Five appointed to Utica Fire Academy


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Five individuals are one step closer to becoming fire fighters with the Utica Fire Department, after being appointed to the Fire Academy on Friday morning.

At a small ceremony held at Utica City Hall on Friday morning, Mayor Robert Palmieri swore in the five men who will now go on to attend a 14 week basic training camp that will test their strength, mentally, emotionally and physically.

The recruits - Edward F. DeSerre, Francesco J. Faccioli, Patrick S. Green, Thomas M. Meyers, and Joseph N. Topa - are all from Utica.

If the recruits make it through the rigorous course, they then will join the ranks of the Utica Fire Department.

"It relieves some of the stress of being understaffed," said Utica Fire Chief Russell Brooks. "We had 26 individuals retire this year and we're putting five on, so that kind of shows you where we are man power wise."

Chief Brooks says he is looking forward to working with the appointees.

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