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Council to consider hiring deputy fire chief

City Council is expected to review a proposal tonight by the administration to hire Mark Calderini as deputy fire chief.

After a review of 31 applicants over the past six weeks, the administration decided on Calderini, a paramedic and battalion chief most recently working in Sarasota, Florida.

The salary for this job is about $82,000, according to the city finance department. Calderini is in his 50s in terms of his age, and has agreed not to take part in the city pension and will be able to ride on fire trucks to emergencies, Fire Chief Mark Killian said.

As deputy chief, Calderini’s responsibilities include managing the day-to-day operations such as emergency response, development of departmental training and professional development program, and community risk reduction.

He would collaborate with Killian should council approve the hiring. The department complement is at 32 firefighters, with a contract calling for 33, should Calderini be approved by council.

Five firefighters are able to retire at any time, having entered the “drop pension” program, Killian said.

The drop pension enables the firefighters to continue to work and receive pay for up to five years while they have set up their retirement.

Calderini’s requested hiring was given a positive recommendation this week by the finance committee for the rest of council to review.

Calderini’s wife has family in this area, said Killian.

Other expected action for council includes: A discussion on a company called Compliance Engine, which would be a third-party vendor to help city fire department to increase fire and life safety code compliance. Increase the amount of reports and compliance by greater than 50 percent by holding building owners accountable for safety systems. The contractor who does inspection will be required to submit an inspection report and along with the inspection and a fee starting at $15 per report.

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