Portland Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria sworn in at City Hall
PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The city of Portland has a new leader of its fire department.
Jerome LaMoria was officially sworn in as the city's fourteenth fire chief at a ceremony at city hall Thursday afternoon.
Prior to coming to Portland, LaMoria served as a firefighter in Maryland with the Prince George's County Fire and EMS Department for more than 25 years. He was Acting Deputy Fire Chief of Emergency Operations at the time of his retirement from the department in November of 2011.
LaMoria has also served as the Training and Exercise Coordinator for the Prince George's County Office of Homeland Security.
Portland officials say Chief LaMoria was a leader of a department in Maryland that responds to an average of 130,000 incidents annually and operates an annual budget of $130 million.
"I think what I bring to the city of Portland is a new perspective," Chief LaMoria said after the ceremony Thursday. "I came from a larger organization in a metropolitan area that operated with a huge budget, a lot of forces, and did an all hands approach to emergency service. By bringing that to the city, I think it gives it a new perspective."
Chief LaMoria succeeds Interim Fire Chief Stephen Smith.