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Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company Promotions

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October 09, 2023 | CONNECTICUT KITTY VANGUNTEN, Correspondent
This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.

SIMSBURY, CT - Fire Chief James Baldis of the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company has announced several promotions.

Lieutenant Mark Zenick was promoted to Captain at Weatogue station. He joined the Fire Company in 2008 and has been a Lieutenant since 2016, first at Main station and then at Tariffville station. Zenick has served as Engineer on S-17, Engine 8 and Tower 12, all at Main station. He has also worked on the Fire Company Recruitment and Retention team and chaired the Annual Fundraising Drive for many years.

Lieutenant Brian Everest was promoted to Captain at Main station. He joined the Fire Company as a Junior firefighter in 2010 and became a Lieutenant in 2019, first at Tariffville station and then Firetown station. He was the Engineer on Rescue 15 and Engine 16 while at Tariffville station. Everest is a member of the Connecticut Urban Search and Rescue team and was recently deployed to assist the flooding victims in Vermont.

Firefighter Matt Pearce will be a Lieutenant at Main station. He has been a member of the Fire Company since 2015 and was the Engineer on Engine 2 at Bushy Hill station.

All the new officers are certified to the level of Firefighter I and II, Fire Instructor I and Hazardous Materials Operational. Zenick is also certified as an Emergency Medical Responder, while Everest and Pearce are certified Emergency Medical Technicians. Each has completed many other certification and training courses, such as Aerial Strategy and Tactics, Confined Space Rescue, Structural Collapse, Swift Water Rescue and Advanced Vehicle Extrication.

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