West Barnstable Gets New Deputy Chief

west barn fireWEST BARNSTABLE – The West Barnstable Fire Department has hired its first ever full-time Deputy Fire Chief.

West Barnstable Fire Chief Joseph Maruca has tapped West Barnstable Fire Captain David Paananen to serve as his deputy.

Paananen is a 20-plus year veteran of the staff, starting out as a volunteer firefighter and working his way up the ranks.

Maruca said the fire department received a federal grant of over $250,000 to cover all the costs of the new job for the next two years.

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He said that gives the department three years to phase in funding for the position.

The department operates with about 50 staff, nearly all of those working on a volunteer basis.