Eleven recruits graduated in June 2016 to join the proud ranks of the Dayton Fire Department after months of training, studying and practicing their new set of skills to keep the public of Dayton safe in emergency situations.
In the same month, the department also promoted five of its personnel:
Captain Fred A. Marx, Jr., has been promoted to District Chief. Marx's career with Dayton Fire began as a firefighter in 1984. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1996 and to Captain in 2001. His certifications include Hazardous Materials and Technical Rescue, and his training includes engine operations, fire inspection practices and surface water rescue. Marx received a Fire Department Commendation for his actions in an August 2011 event and was Firefighter of the Year in 1986.
Lieutenant Thomas M. Rice has been promoted to the rank of Captain. Rice began his career with the Fire Department as a firefighter in 2001 and was promoted to Lieutenant in 2012. His certifications include Fire Safety Inspector and Paramedic, and his training includes truck operations, fire code enforcement and life safety of buildings. Rice is also a hazmat technician with the Dayton Regional Hazmat Team, and he received two Dayton Fire Department Certificates of Commendation for actions at emergency scenes on in 2008 and 2015.
Firefigther Jesse R. Wilson has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Wilson began his career with the Dayton Fire Department in 2006 as a firefighter. His certifications include Firefighter Level 2, Paramedic, Fire Safety Inspector, Engine/Pump Operator and Ladder Operator. He will soon complete his Fire Officer 1 Certification. Wilson received a Fire Department Certificate of Commendation for his participation during President Obama's Dayton visit in October of 2012.
Firefighter Nicholas L. Harris has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Harris began his career with Dayton Fire in 2004, and his certifications include Firefighter Level II, Fire Safety Inspector, and Paramedic. His training includes truck operations, fast water rescue and fire ground tactics. Harris has received the Fire Department Life Saver Award and a Certificate of Commendation, both in 2013.
EMT Darryl S. Smith has been promoted to Paramedic. Smith began his career with Dayton Fire in 2012, and his certifications include EMT-Basic and Paramedic. His training includes hazardous materials, truck operations and dive rescue. Smith received the Life Saver Award for his actions at an emergency scene.