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Posted on: January 28, 2019

Mayor Brown, Buffalo Fire Commissioner Renaldo Preside Over Swearing In of 32 Buffalo Fire Recruits

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown and Buffalo Fire Commissioner William Renaldo today presided over the swearing-in of 32 Buffalo Fire recruits during a special ceremony held at Waterfront Elementary.

“I’m very pleased to see our next class of recruits commit their lives to fire service in the City of Buffalo,” Mayor Brown said. “My Administration’s continuing goal is to appoint, train, and hire a diverse group of firefighters for what I believe is one of the best fire departments in the entire nation.”

“It’s with great pleasure that I welcome these men and women to the Buffalo Fire Department, where they now begin an extremely challenging 20-weeks of training,” Commissioner Renaldo said. “The addition of this new class further demonstrates our commitment to a fully-operational, trained and ready firefighting force capable of providing effective and efficient firefighting services to our community.”

This new class of recruits builds on the 110 rookie firefighters added to the BFD in 2018 and continues the Brown Administrations commitment to creating a diverse and equitable fire department that represents the people it serves. These following recruits were sworn in during today’s ceremony:

Justin A. Bartlomiejczak

Michael D. Bogucki

Gerald A. Bucino

Ryan P. Byrne

Bret M. Clark

Iban A. Correa

John T. Cox IV

Daniel J. Dublino, Jr

Chad N. Dunbar

Christopher I. France

Paul F. Giegengack

Flannan P. Gould

Donald A. Hill, Jr

Antonio A. Hussain

Cedrick A. Jordan

Matthew J. Kieta

Matthew S. Kramer

Jonathan M. Lengel

Kaitlyn M. Lopez

Joshua Marrero

Kevin M. McCarthy

William A. Miller

Justin A. Mitchell

Kevin L. Pettway

Michael W. Pratt

Jeremy R. Ramsey

Scott J. Rogers

Christopher M. Ruffino

Nick D. Simson

Jacob E. Smith

Michael J. Walsh

Michael J. Wright

Since 2006, Mayor Brown has invested nearly $27 million in firefighting apparatus, equipment and resources. In addition to replacing the entire firefighting fleet, he continues to modernize the Buffalo Fire Department:

• Equipping emergency responders with state-of-the-art equipment and gear

• Training firefighters on how to administer an overdose reversal medication to help save lives

• Implementing a new 24 hour scheduling system for firefighters in a continued effort to increase efficiency and reduce over-time

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