Newark Fire Chief Brandon Metzger (R) addresses newly promoted Newark Fire Department Deputy Chief Doug Vermatten, Assistant Chief Allen Ashcraft, Capt. Todd Smith, and Lt. Brandon Turner (R to L) as Newark Mayor Jeff looks on Hall during a promotion ceremony.  At Newark Fire Station 1 on Tuesday, November 22, 2022.

Newark Fire promotes four to leadership positions

The Newark Division of Fire has four new reasons to be thankful this week as they promoted four individuals to leadership positions.

During a Tuesday morning ceremony, Doug Vermaten was promoted to vice president, Allen Ashcraft was promoted to assistant chief, Todd Smith was promoted to captain, and Brandon Turner was promoted to first lieutenant.

The men have 84 years of experience in the fire service, two second-generation firefighters, four firefighting/EMS instructors, three with Lifesaving Medals, and three unit citations, said Newark Fire Chief Brandon Metzger. Storage, the three fathers of the future third-generation firefighters.

After the ceremony, Vermaten told The Advocate that it was an honor to serve the community in this new capacity.

“I spent my commute time with the paramedics here, all the way back… let’s just say several decades ago, and I fell in love with the city. I fell in love with the fire department. I had the chance to come here. I became a resident here,” said Vermaten. I got to serve the citizens and serve my brother and sister who are firefighters.”

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