Three new lieutenants bring the department's officer force to full strength for the first time in nearly a year.
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New Lieutenants Raymond Pouncey, Keven Martin, and Nicholas Borelli
Acting Chief Jeff Naples, Mayor Lauren Garrett, and Town Clerk Karimah Mickens
Following introductions of town officials, Acting Chief Jeff Maples addressed the audience of several dozen active and retired department members as well as family and friends of the new officers, "Today’s swearing-in secures our department with a full, complete roster of line officers. The Hamden Fire Department is fortunate to have a diverse group of officers with a wide range of talents that together are able to accomplish any task.
"Our line officers are the driving force of our leadership on a daily basis. They have the largest impact during interactions with our community, delivering professionalism beyond expectations while providing compassion and resolution."
The Chief continued, "I am excited for what all three of our new Lieutenants will have to offer our department, crews, and community as they take on their new role. Together we have the ability to create positive momentum into the future of the Hamden Fire Department and those we serve. I challenge all of you to never stop learning, building those around you, and striving for excellence in all of your endeavors."
Chief Naples then introduced Hamden Mayor Lauren Garrett, who has attended almost all department swearing-in ceremonies since taking office ten months ago.
A staunch supporter of the department, Mayor Garrett extended her congratulations and best wishes to the three new officers. She also noted this evening's Legislative Council meeting will be voting on numerous capital improvements which she has requested. The agenda for tonight's meeting shows that the Mayor has requested $337,500 for a new pumper, $375,000 for a new squad, $55,000 for new PPE, $45,000 for new fleet vehicles, and $80,000 for station domestic improvement.
She concluded her remarks by asking the audience to "keep all of our firefighters in your hearts as we work to make sure that you have safe equipment."
Lieutenant Nicholas Borelli began his fire service career as a New London firefighter before coming to Hamden in 2014. As a paramedic, he was able to demonstrate leadership with his crews in advanced life support. As a senior firefighter he mentored recruits in multiple aspects of our job. During his career he became certified as a Fire Officer, Safety Officer and Instructor and is currently enrolled in the National Fire Academy’s Managing Fire Officer Program.
Lt. Borelli will be assigned to Station 3 on Platoon 4.
Kevin Martin has been with the Hamden Fire Department for the past 17 years serving many of those as a paramedic. Kevin has an extensive background in EMS, working from Austin Texas to New Haven AMR as a Supervisor. Kevin is a certified EMS Instructor and Paramedic Field Instructor, with experience working as a Tech in Hospital ER settings. He is also highly proficient in rope rescue technician, holding multiple CMC certifications.
Lt. Martin will be assigned to Station 9 on Platoon 4.
Lieutenant Raymond Pouncey has been with the department for the past 25 years, building on his experiences and leadership. In addition to mentoring many of the department's newer firefighters, Ray has been a driver and pump operator on a wide array of vehicles throughout our fleet. Ray is a certified fire marshal and specialist in juvenile fire setter intervention, and since 2019 he has been a fire inspector assigned to the Fire Marshal's Office.
Lt. Pouncey will be assigned to Station 9 on Platoon 1.
Town Clerk Mickens administers the oath to the three new officers.
Lt. Nicholas Borelli
Lt. Kevin Martin
Lt. Raymond Pouncey
Lt. Borelli's wife Francesca pins it on.
Lt. Martin's dad James pins it on.
Lt. Pouncey's wife Melissa pins it on.
Town Clerk Mickens, Acting Chief Naples, Lieutenants Pouncey, Martin and Borelli, and Mayor Garrett