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Deputy Fire Mar­shal Eric Han­dau was pro­moted to fire cap­tain in the Dan­bury Fire Depart­ment by the City Coun­cil last week.

Han­dau started as a fire­fighter in the city in 1993, was pro­moted to lieu­tenant in 2002 and was pro­moted again to the fire mar­shal’s of­fice in Au­gust 2015.

“I have to say it was a very tough choice, we had three out­stand­ing can­di­dates and Eric re­ally just nailed the in­ter­view, nailed it,” Mayor Mark Bought- on said. “No dis­re­spect to any­one else who came for­ward. We’re go­ing to be blessed with the fact that you’ll see some of those other folks up here for pro­mo­tions.”

Han­dau has re­ceived sev­eral unit and res­cue ci­ta­tions dur­ing his ca­reer. He has served as a para­medic since 1987 and holds cer­ti­fi­ca­tions as a fire of­fi­cer, fire ser­vice in­struc­tor, res­cue tech­ni­cian, haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als tech­ni­cian and Red Cross in­struc­tor.

He earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree from Western Con­necti­cut State Univer­sity and is pur­su­ing a mas­ter’s de­gree in fire tech­nol­ogy at the Univer­sity of New Haven.

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