Two Marlborough firefighters earn promotions

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The Marlborough Fire Department Station sits on Maple Street. Photo/Laura Hayes
The Marlborough Fire Department Station sits on Maple Street.
Photo/Laura Hayes

MARLBOROUGH — The Marlborough Fire Department has a new Fire Captain and Fire Lieutenant, a press release from Mayor Arthur Vigeant’s office announced July 9. 

Jonathan Ayotte, who was hired as a full-time firefighter in 2013, is the new Fire Captain. He had been serving in the rank of Lieutenant. Firefighter Ryan DeGiacomo, who was hired in 2014, is the department’s new Fire Lieutenant. 

“It’s important to recognize those who pursue leadership positions within our organization,” said Fire Chief Kevin Breen. “The promotional process and internal evaluation systems really aided us in identifying top candidates who are ready to serve at the next level.”

“I’m confident Captain Ayotte and Lt. DeGiacomo will be successful in their new roles serving our city,” he continued.

Ayotte, who is pursuing a bachelor’s in Fire Science from Anna Maria College, has been a firefighter for 10 years, previously serving Weston and Lincoln. He was promoted to lieutenant in January of this year.

“Throughout his years of service, Ayotte has brought outstanding professionalism and leadership to the department,” said the press release. 

DeGiacomo is also completing his education at the Massachusetts Fire Academy in addition to pursuing an associate’s degree in Fire Science. 

“DeGiacomo brings an array of experiences in fire protection and prevention, as well as emergency medical services,” the press release read. 

Both DeGiacomo and Ayotte competed in a promotional process, which included a written exam, assessment center, interview and a review of their service records. 

Both were ranked number one in those evaluations. 

Vigeant noted that Marlborough participated in a succession planning assessment through UMass Boston and the Edward J. Collins Center for Public Management thanks to a state grant.

“I commend Chief Breen for implementing the testing procedures and promoting the best candidates within the department,” Vigeant said.