2018-03-09 / In the Know

Fire department welcomes new deputy chief

By B. Michael Thurlow Special to the Leader

I’m very pleased to report that the Scarborough Fire Department has completed our hiring process to fill the deputy chief of operations position created by the retirement of veteran Deputy Fire Chief Glen Deering in early January.

Jerome LaMoria, a veteran fire chief with many years of experience, started in his new position with the department last Monday, March 5.

Jerry comes to us with 30 years of fire service experience, most recently as the fire chief in the city of Portland. Jerry was actually an internal candidate because after his retirement from Portland he realized he still had a great deal to give back to the fire service that provided him with a long and successful career.

Jerry joined our department as a per-diem employee in the spring of 2016 working side by side with some of his former colleagues from Portland.

Prior to his work in Portland, Jerry served as the deputy chief of emergency operations for the Prince George’s County Fire Department (PGCFD) in Maryland.

In that role Jerry was responsible for the protection and safety of 800,000 residents in an urban county of nearly 500 square miles, overseeing a workforce of 700 career and 1,200 volunteer members working out of 45 fire/EMS stations.

In addition to his line firefighting and management experience Jerry has also served as a fire dispatch supervisor in the Prince George’s County Communications Center.

In 1995 Jerry was assigned to the PGCFD Training Academy where he became responsible for fire officer training and worked with the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute to develop the curriculum and certification for fire officers that was delivered at the state and national level.

Jerry also has a great deal of emergency management experience including a deployment to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Jerry served as deputy incident commander on that mission to restore public health services for over 450,000 residents, overseeing a staff of 250 volunteers including physicians, nurses, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, pharmacists and health officers from agencies and organizations throughout the state of Maryland.

Jerry actually grew up in New England in a small community in rural southern Vermont.

He earned an associate’s degree in applied science in fire protection from the New Hampshire Vocational Technical College and a Bachelor’s Degree in management studies. Jerry completed the prestigious Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO) at the National Fire Academy in 2008.

This is a master’s level program that takes four years to complete. Jerry has also earned his fire officer certifications up to and including Level IV and holds many other certifications including hazardous materials technician.

Prince George’s County is one of the largest and most well-respected combination departments in the country and the experience that Jerry garnered from his 27-year career there will be invaluable as we work together to take this department to the next level.

Please join me in congratulating Jerome LaMoria as our new deputy fire chief of operations.

For more information about this article or any fire department issue, contact me at mthurlow@scarboroughmaine.org or 730-4201.

B. Michael Thurlow is fire chief for Scarborough.

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