The Watertown Fire Department celebrated the promotion of two of its members, including the newest deputy fire chief, and welcomed four new firefighters at a recent ceremony.
Fire Chief Robert Quinn announced the promotions and welcomed the new firefighters. All were sworn in by Town Clerk John Flynn.
Fire Capt. Ryan Nicholson moved up to the position of Deputy Fire Chief.
“It’s always been a goal of mine to continue to improve and try to look to position myself to make an impact,” Nicholson said. “Hopefully, I will make a positive impact on the department and on the community.”
Nicholson will command Group 2, which had been Quinn’s group until he was promoted to Fire Chief. As Deputy Chief, Nicholson will manage larger incidents and fires and be in charge of multiple apparatus.
“It’s a great group — a lot of senior officers there,” Nicholson said. “So, I know that, being new in the role, I’ll be looking for them to help me along the way.”
In the interim, Captain David Melanson had been in charge of Group 2.
“He was the senior captain. He filled in admirably,” Nicholson said.
Nicholson had been the Staff Service Officer, and before that was the Fire Inspector. He joined the Fire Department in 2006, became a lieutenant in 2011, and made captain in 2013.
Also on Friday, Firefighter Harry Walsh was officially promoted to fire lieutenant. He was appointed to be a firefighter 12 years ago and was appointed to be a lieutenant on January 27, 2019.
The Fire Department also welcomed Watertown’s four newest firefighters, who officially received their badges.
The new firefighters sworn in Friday were:
- Andrew Vega
- Olivia Winsor
- Cory Donahue
- Corey MacDougall