The Mashpee Fire Department officially has three new leaders: deputy chief, captain, and lieutenant.
Under a warm late-spring sun, more than 100 people gathered at department headquarters on Wednesday morning, June 11, for a promotion ceremony honoring the newly appointed leaders.
The three longtime department members sworn in by Mashpee Town Clerk Deborah F. Dami are new Deputy Chief John F. Phelan, Captain Joseph E. Peltier, and Lieutenant Nicole A. Stanley.
In addition to family members and local dignitaries, the audience included a sizable delegation of firefighters from departments throughout Cape Cod. Former Mashpee Fire Chief George W. Baker Jr. was also in attendance.
Female firefighters from Barnstable, Eastham, Falmouth, Hyannis, and Sandwich were on hand to support Ms. Stanley, who is now the highest ranking woman ever in a Mashpee public safety department.
“This is a great accomplishment achieved through hard work and dedication. But these promotions come with great responsibility—it’s not just the next step in a career. Their new tasks are not easy ones,” Mashpee Fire Chief Thomas C. Rullo said about the new leaders.
Chief Rullo also commended the trio for taking annual promotion tests, even in years when it was unlikely that a position would become available. “These are grueling exams, so only the best pass them,” he said.
Captain Peltier noted that the role of a Mashpee firefighter has changed significantly since he joined the department 21 years ago.
“The days of firefighters just fighting fires are long gone. We are now cross-trained to be paramedics, firefighters, and even water rescue responders. We do it all,” he said, adding that recently a crew was returning from the hospital after treating a gunshot victim and was diverted straight to a structure fire.
Mashpee assistant town manager Thomas J. Mayo presented the honorees with congratulatory citations from the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
“We all need to thank our families for their support during our fire service careers,” Deputy Chief Phelan said as he closed the ceremony.