January 2, 2013

New Portland fire chief to be sworn in Thursday

Jerome LaMoria, formerly of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department in Maryland, will be sworn in at a 2 p.m. ceremony at City Hall.

By Randy Billings rbillings@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND – Jerome LaMoria will be sworn in as the city’s 14th fire chief during a ceremony Thursday in the State of Maine room in City Hall, the city said Wednesday in a press release.

LaMoria, 50, will oversee one of the city’s largest department, with 234 professional firefighters and civilian employees and a $16 million budget.

Previously, LaMoria was the training and exercise coordinator for Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department in Maryland.

For more than 25 years, he was a professional firefighter with the Prince George’s Country Fire/EMS Department, which has a career force of 765 and nearly 1,000 volunteer personnel. He was the acting deputy fire chief of emergency operations when he retired in November 2011.

His father, Norman, a 50-year firefighter and fire chief in Newfane, Vt., will pin on LaMoria’s badge during 2 p.m. ceremony.

City Manager Mark Rees conducted two nationwide searches before choosing LaMoria, who was unanimously confirmed by the City Council last month.

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