Portland’s new fire chief, Jerome LaMoria, right, receives his badge from his father, a former Vermont fire chief, after taking the oath of office in City Hall on Jan. 3. LaMoria, a 25-year firefighting veteran in Prince George’s County, Md., replaced Frederick LaMontagne, who retired as chief in April. LaMoria’s selection, announced last month, followed a search that drew more than 50 candidates from throughout the country. He is the 14th chief in the Portland Fire Department’s 182-year history.

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