Bakersfield Fire Department holds promotion ceremony

    Bakersfield Fire Department celebrates the promotions of personnel on Friday. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

    The Bakersfield Fire Department honored its best and brightest in a promotion ceremony at the department's headquarters on H Street on Friday.

    Two fire engineers were promoted to the rank of fire captain, and one fire captain was promoted to the rank of battalion chief.

    Fire Chief Anthony Galagaza says the firefighters went through four different testing processes to achieve their ranks.

    He added that although the department is losing years of experience through retirement, these promotions offer innovative ideas.

    "The great thing is bringing fresh ideas, fresh minds," Galagaza said. "It's able to help our department grow and progress as time goes on."

    As supervisors, the promoted firefighters will oversee different things, including fire companies and entire battalions or divisions.

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