PORTLAND – The city on Wednesday chose an independent consultant to conduct a review of the city’s Fire Department.

The city inked a contract with Public Safety Solutions, Inc., of Maryland, to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the department, according to City Hall Spokeswoman Nicole Clegg.

Clegg did not immediately respond to emails seeking information about the cost of the consultant or the time line for the review.

The Maryland-based firm has conducted assessments for public safety departments in communities of a few thousand residents to over four million, according to its website.

The company’s services include master planning, as well as staffing, station and apparatus analysis.

The hiring of firm comes as the city is swearing in Jerome LaMoria, previously of Maryland, as its 14th fire chief during a ceremony Thursday at City Hall.

Portland’s Fire Department has 234 employees and annual budget of $16 million.