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Merit Commission approves promotion

Fort Wayne Fire Department has a new battalion chief. Thomas Helmkamp's promotion was approved by the merit commission board this morning.

Posted: Mar. 27, 2019 5:49 PM
Updated: Mar. 28, 2019 6:23 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Fort Wayne Fire Department has a new battalion chief. Thomas Helmkamp's promotion was approved by the Merit Commission Wednesday morning.

This happened despite fire Chief Lahey's recommendation for rejection of the promotion. The Merit Commission asked for support as they needed a little more time to make a decision. Helmkemp's promotion got a unanimous vote.

The firefighter union released this statement to Fox 55:

"We appreciate the Merit Commission's unanimous decision to make the promotion of battalion chief Thomas Helmkamp permanent. We are grateful to have these checks and balances in place so decisions that directly affect the health and safety of our firefighters are not simply carried out unquestioned."

-The Fort Wayne Professional Firefighters Union IAFF 124 

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