Mont­gomery Town­ship gives ap­proval for part-time fire­fight­ers

North Penn Life - - News - By Dan Sokil dsokil@jour­nal­reg­is­ter.com

The Mont­gomery Town­ship Depart­ment of Fire Ser­vices now has a deeper pool of man­power to draw from for duty rotations and emer­gen­cies, thanks to new fiUH­fiJKWHUV -RKn $UGLff, Stephen D’Agostino, Wil­liam McCann and Wil­liam Nor­ris.

The town­ship’s board of su­per­vi­sors met and ap­pointed four new part-time fiUH­fiJKWHUV 0RnGDy nLJKW, who meet all of the same FHUWL­fiFDWLRnV DnG UHTuLUH­ments as full-timers, ac­cord­ing to town­ship Di­rec­tor of Fire Ser­vices oick Les­niak.

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Over the past few months, four cur­rent mem­bers of the depart­ment have left for var­i­ous rea­sons, rang­ing from a re­tire­ment and a move out of state to one mil­i­tary ac­ti­va­tion — WKDW fiUH­fiJKWHU “LV RvHU Ln Afghanistan, so he’s not fiOOLnJ Dny VKLfWV DnyWLPH soon,” Les­niak said.

7KH WRZnVKLS’V fiUH VHUvices depart­ment has three full-time staff mem­bers and a pool of 12 part-timers, but to meet the depart­ment’s man­power needs of at least fRuU fiUH­fiJKWHUV Rn VWDff Hvery day, the depart­ment ad­ver­tised for four new po­si­tions to broaden their pool of avail­able man­power.

“There are al­ways four fiUH­fiJKWHUV Ln WKH VWDWLRn, Mon­day through Fri­day, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., but de­pend­ing on the ro­ta­tion and shifts,” Les­nLDN VDLG, WKDW VWDffinJ FRuOG con­sist of three full- and RnH SDUW-WLPH fiUH­fiJKWHU, two of each or one full­time and three part-time fiUH­fiJKWHUV.

Each of the four part-timers must meet the same minLPuP FHUWL­fiFDWLRn VWDnGDUGV DV WKH fuOO-WLPH fiUH­fiJKWHUV al­ready with the depart­ment. That in­cludes two lev­els Rf fiUH­fiJKWHU FHUWL­fiFDWLRnV as well as those for ve­hi­cle res­cue tech­ni­cian ca­pa­bil­i­ties, haz­ardous ma­te­rial op­er­a­tions, emer­gency ve­hi­cle op­er­a­tions, pump train­ing DnG C35 DnG fiUVW DLG FHUWL­fiFDWLRnV.

,n DGGLWLRn WR VWDffinJ WKH sta­tion and re­spond­ing to emer­gency calls, they’ll also as­sist in the depart­ment’s life safety in­spec­tions, help with fiUH SUHvHnWLRn DFWLvLWLHV and per­form gen­eral main­te­nance on the depart­ment’s fiUH DSSDUDWuV, HTuLSPHnW and fa­cil­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to Les­niak.

“We ad­ver­tised for the poVLWLRn Rf SDUW-WLPH fiUH­fiJKWHU, and we re­ceived a lit­tle over 50 ap­pli­ca­tions. We went through an in­ter­view process, and these were the top four,” he said.

Each was in­tro­duced to the su­per­vi­sors by Les­niak with a brief bio be­fore shak­ing hands and re­ceiv­ing a round of ap­plause from the board and town­ship staff.

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full- time fire­fighter and para­medic with the oad­nor Fire Com­pany and has a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in fire in­ves­tiga- tion from the Univer­sity of New Haven, ac­cord­ing to Les­niak. D’Agostino is a full- time fire­fighter and emer­gency med­i­cal tech­ni­cian with the Anne Arun­del Fire Depart­ment in Mary­land, while McCann is cur­rently an as­sis­tant chief with the Glen­side Fire Com­pany in Chel­tenham Town­ship, and Nor­ris is a cap­tain with the Up­per Darby Fire Com­pany.

“Like our full- time staff, these part- time fire­fight­ers far ex­ceed our train­ing stan­dards and suc­cess­fully passed our in­ter­view process,” Les­niak said.

A board res­o­lu­tion welFRPLnJ WKH nHZ fiUH­fiJKWHUV was passed unan­i­mously, and Les­niak said the new hires had no im­pact on the town­ship’s bot­tom line beFDuVH HDFK fiOOV D SRVLWLRn al­ready ac­counted for in the town­ship’s 2012 bud­get.

Photo by DAN SOKIL

Part-time fire­fight­ers, from left, John Ardiff, Wil­liam McCann, Wil­liam Nor­ris and Stephen D’Agostino pose af­ter be­ing in­tro­duced to Mont­gomery Town­ship’s board of su­per­vi­sors Mon­day night.

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