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Three Santa Maria firefighters promoted to engineers

Posted at 6:06 PM, Jun 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-09 21:06:39-04

Three Santa Maria firefighters were promoted to engineers in a multi-purpose ceremony Friday afternoon. 

The three promoted were Sean Buczynski, Christoper Furtado and Jeremy Mace. 

Those three passed a state written test and a number of skill tests, such as a map to test the knowledge of the entire city, how to identify every part of a firefighting pump, and how to work every system on the fire truck. 

Two new firefighters – Scott Bramsen and Andrew Garcia – just finished a 10-week training course and received their badges in the same ceremony. 

The fire chief, Leonard Champion, says the department does this promotions and recruitment process at least once a year. 

"When you have a opening we get hundreds of applicants, a lot of people want to become a firefighter but it is a very difficult profession to get into," Champion said.