ROME, NY - The Rome Fire Department welcomed new firefighters and promoted a few existing ones at a ceremony held Wednesday morning.
There are four new recruits and two promotions - one lieutenant and one captain - which brings the department to a full staff of 78 members.
Mayor Jackie Izzo complimented the fire department on the way it handles big fires, especially the most recent one on West Embargo Street.
The Rome fire chief says for these new recruits, getting to this point is no easy feat - and it's highly competitive.
“This process, for the average individual, starts many years before they get to this point of swearing in. Civil service tests are normally given every other year, they take the test and compete with anywhere from 100-150 applicants…” said Chief Ron Brement.
After passing the exam there’s a lengthy background check, and then they’re off to the fire academy.
Promoted Wednesday were Daniel Gifford to captain and Joseph Zwijacz to lieutenant.
New firefighters sworn in were Philip Urtz, Kriston Campos, Michael Bottini, and Ryan Thayer.