Montgomery Township gives approval for part-time firefighters
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.
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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.
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.
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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.