DEPUTY FIRE MARSHAL PROMOTED TO FIRE CAPTAIN
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.