| Ansonia easing job regs
for fire marshal
By AMANDA CUDA
firstname.lastname@example.org Monday, October 02, 2000
ANSONIA -- Hoping
to open up the position to more candidates, the city will
revise its job description for
Corporation Counsel Kevin Blake said the
current requirements -- which include
seven years of firefighting
experience and a bachelors degree from an accredited
will be reduced to make the job more accessible. "Basically,
was no one here that qualified," he said.
Blake said he would be responsible for rewriting the job description,
which would require the approval
of the Board of Aldermen.
During the summer, the city accepted applications for fire marshal
using the current job description. Only
two people applied and one dropped out, leaving 28-year firefighting
veteran Ralph Tingley the sole
candidate. The Board of Fire Commissioners interviewed Tingley
for the job on Aug. 30.
However, despite a long background in firefighting, including 20
years as chief driver for the citys Eagle
Hook and Ladder Co., Tingley didnt qualify for the job because he
only has an associates degree.
Frank Tyszka, chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners, said the
panel was impressed with Tingley
when they interviewed him and he has the experience and knowledge
required for the position. "Were
really happy with him," Tyszka said. "Why pull him out of the running?"
Blake said the Board of Aldermen will vote on a revised job description
at its Oct. 10 meeting. The new
description will require a high
school diploma or the equivalent and completion of fire-fighting training.
Blake said that job description will be in keeping with state requirements
for a fire marshal. After the job
description is changed, the city will reopen the application process.
Ansonia has been without a full-time fire marshal for more than five
years. Instead, the city had a
part-time marshal and three deputy marshals. The marshal and
deputies inspect all city buildings, with the
exception of one and two-family residences.
Current Fire Marshal Norman Smith wasnt interested in the full-time
position, which carries a salary of
Tyszka said that although he would be satisfied with Tingley, a new
job description would open to
position to a wider range of candidates. "It would just allow
more people to apply," he said.