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Hagerstown Fire Department promotes three firefighters

February 20, 2013

The Hagerstown Fire Department has promoted three firefighters to the rank of shift captain.

Hagerstown Fire Chief W. Kyd Dieterich said in a news release that before they were promoted, Russell Daiello, Adam Hopkins and Trayer Stoops completed an extensive three-day process, which included a written test, a resume evaluation and an assessment by professional fire personnel from other local jurisdictions.

“They have served the Hagerstown Fire Department well, and we are confident they will be an even greater asset to our operations in their capacity as shift captains,” Dieterich said.

City officials have said that revenue generated by speed cameras in school zones would pay the salaries and benefits of the shift captain positions.

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• Daiello began his career with the Hagerstown Fire Department on Aug. 6, 2001. He previously was employed by the city of Ft. Myers, Fla., as a firefighter from Aug., 1987, to Aug. 2001.

Daiello has served held the rank of lieutenant for the last five years. At the time of his promotion to shift captain, he was a fire apparatus operator at Station No. 3 on Eastern Boulevard.

He is studying to complete his bachelor’s of science degree in fire science/fire service management at the University of Maryland and has an extensive training record.

• Hopkins was hired by the City of Hagerstown on Jan. 5, 2004. Before working in Hagerstown, he was employed as a firefighter by Loudoun County, Va., from Jan. 2002, to Jan. 2004. He also has been an active volunteer at the Long Meadow Volunteer Fire Co. since July 1999.

Hopkins was formerly the department’s training and safety captain from March 2009, until his promotion to shift captain.

He has a bachelor’s of science degree in fire science/fire service management from the University of Maryland and has an extensive training record.

• Stoops has been with the Hagerstown Fire Department since Aug. 25, 1997.

In 1990, he started serving as a volunteer firefighter in Waynesboro, Pa. While in Waynesboro, he rose through the ranks and served as deputy chief from 1998-1999, and again from 2008-2013.

At the time of his promotion to shift captain, Stoops was a fire apparatus operator at Station No. 4 off Washington Avenue. He has an associate's degree in fire science technology and has an extensive training record.

Daiello, Hopkins and Stoops were sworn in Feb. 12 at Hagerstown City Hall.

City spokeswoman Erin Wolfe said the three shift captains’ salaries will range from about $56,000 to $63,000 per year.

— Dan Dearth

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