2014-07-25 / In the Know

New public safety employees sworn in

By B. Michael Thurlow
Special to the Leader

Periodically the Scarborough Police and Fire departments conduct a joint swearing in and pinning ceremony for new employees. This provides the department a formal opportunity to welcome them into the public safety family.

Last Friday we held our most recent ceremony at town hall where the town clerk administers the oath of office and the chiefs and family members pin the employee’s badge and collar brass on their Class A uniforms.

Due to some new positions in the fire department and some recent retirements and resignations we honored a total of 10 new full-time employees who have been hired over the past year.

They include the following individuals:

Jim Butler filled a newly created position of commercial code inspector/fire inspector to improve efficiency and streamline the plan review and development process. His position is shared between the fire and planning departments. Butler has been a certified code enforcement officer for six years serving the towns of Old Orchard Beach and Livermore Falls. He also has a solid background in the fire service, including many certifications and experience as assistant fire chief of the Livermore Falls Fire Department.

Brian Ackley is a new paramedic who has been working per-diem shifts with us since last June and started fulltime in January. He lives in Topsham and has been a member of that department since 2007. Ackley has his AAS in fire science technology from Southern Maine Community College and is currently enrolled in a bachelor’s program through Southern New Hampshire University.

Ben Wildes started his career in the fire service as a call member in Hancock in 2007. He joined our department as a student live-in in 2011 and won the student of the year award in 2013. He is an Eagle Scout, has his AAS in fire science technology and is enrolling in a paramedic program in the near future.

Andrew Breitbeil is a new paramedic who came to us all the way from Soldotna, Alaska. He has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and has previously worked in corrections, gaining experience with juvenile fire setters.

Adam Foster started as a full-time firefighter/ EMT last April. He had previously been working for us as a per-diem firefighter since last July and was employed fulltime by North East Mobile Health and he was a member of the Cumberland Fire Department for 13 years. He will start paramedic training later this year.

Austin Clark started as a reserve police officer in May 2012. He has a bachelor of science in criminal justice from Husson University. He started as a fulltime patrol officer a year ago June and attended 25th Maine Criminal Justice Academy from August through December 2013.

Travis Hon started as a patrol officer August 2013. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Oswego State University of New York. Hon was formally employed as a correctional officer with Maine Correctional Center in Windham prior to coming here. He also attended the 25th Maine Criminal Justice Academy from August through December 2013.

Brian McNeice is a new patrol officer hired last month. He has an associate degree in culinary arts and a bachelor’s degree in food service management. Brian will attend the Maine Criminal Justice Academy later this fall.

Jay McAdams is a new public safety dispatcher who was hired in September 2013. He started his career in communications for the Sandoval County Regional Dispatch Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. McAdams is certified in EMD, NCIC, NLETS and CPR.

William “Greg” Tinsman is our newest public safety dispatcher, starting last May. Tinsman came to us with more than 30 years’ experience in emergency dispatch, public safety and crisis intervention. He is certified in EMD, NCIC and NLETS and has his associate degree in law enforcement from Southern Maine Community College.

The Scarborough Police and Fire Departments welcome our new hires into our public safety family and are sure you will find them outstanding public servants as you come in contact with them in the course of their official duties.

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