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New firefighter sworn in, two promoted 

templeton-firefighterOn Feb. 17, the Templeton Community Service District Fire Department swore in one new firefighter trainee to the position of firefighter and promoted two firefighters to the position of fire engineer.

Daniel Burgess was sworn in by Interim Fire Chief Keith Aggson as Templeton’s newest Firefighter. Burgess joined the TEM FD in September 2014 as a Firefighter/EMT. He recently graduated the Monterey Peninsula College Fire Academy. As part of this ceremony, Burgess repeated the oath of office and was pinned with his firefighter badge by his mother.

Firefighters Andrew Neely and Phillip Goldbloom were promoted to the position of fire engineer and were also sworn in by Interim Fire Chief Keith Aggson. Both firefighters participated in a five month training process that included both hands on and hydraulic calculation training. The training concluded in a three part testing process which included: fire pumping and field calculations, emergency vehicle operations driving and a 100 question written exam.

Engineer Neely is a five year journeyman of the organization. He is a graduate of the Allan Hancock Fire Academy and is a State certified EMT. Most recently he was the Fire Association President and led several successful funding events which supported Alisha Ann Rusch Burn Foundation.

Engineer Goldbloom is a twelve year veteran of the fire service. He joined the Templeton Fire Department and quickly rose through the ranks from firefighter to driver operator to fire engineer. Goldbloom is a graduate of the Allan Hancock Fire Academy and is a state certified EMT. He was pinned by his girlfriend Kim as their daughter Clarae stood by.

“I believe these three firefighters will serve the community with well and that Templeton is extremely lucky to have the firefighters of this quality and integrity on the Templeton Fire Department,” said Interim Fire Chief Keith Aggson.

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