Four Farmington Hills paid-on-call firefighters received promotions this month to make firefighting a full-time job.
Malanden Blanch, Kayla Geffert, Christopher Inglese, and Jennifer Zuccarini were all officially sworn in as Career Firefighters by City Clerk Pam Smith. Members of the Fire Department, family members, Mayor Ken Massey, and other city officials attended the event.
Blanch, hired in January 2013, is a Paramedic with Firefighter 1 & 2 and Fire Officer 1 certifications. He has received a Chain of Survival Award.
Geffert was hired in September 2016. She is a Paramedic with Firefighter 1 & 2 certifications and is also a CPR instructor who helps teach the EMT program. She was named the 2016 Recruit Firefighter of the Year and the 2018 Firefighter of the Year for Fire Station 2. Geffert holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Hillsdale College, graduating Cum Laude while attending on an athletic scholarship for basketball. She recently graduated from Schoolcraft College with an Associate Degree in Applied Science.
Hired in September 2014, Inglese is a Paramedic and has Firefighter 1 & 2 certifications. He is completing his Associate Degree in Applied Science from Schoolcraft College, is an instructor in the Fire Department Recruit School, and trains new recruits. He was the 2018 Firefighter of the Year for Fire Station 4.
Zuccarini, who was hired in September 2014, is a Paramedic and has Firefighter 1 & 2 certifications. She routinely conducts Fire Prevention public education programs and takes part in the fall Fire Prevention Assembly Program for local elementary schools. Zuccarini received a Chain of Survival Award and is completing her Associate Degree in Applied Science at Schoolcraft College.
All of the new firefighters are assigned to Fire Station 5, located on the City Hall campus.
“The addition of these new firefighters helps to boost our staffing levels,” Fire Chief Jon Unruh said in a press release. “This, in turn, allows us to continue providing a high level of service to our citizens, even as our annual run volume increases.”
The Farmington Hills Fire Department has experienced a 23 percent increase in incidents in the last seven years.