Decked out in dress uniform, a new Amherst fire chief, assistant chief, captain and lieutenant were sworn in Tuesday in a ceremony at the Church Street firehouse.
“It’s a special day for the fire department,” said retiring chief Wayne Northeim, happily stepping out of the spotlight.
The 13-year chief said it is the first time in modern history that all four of the city’s top-ranking fire officials have taken oaths on the same day.
With Northeim’s departure, Greg Knoll has been raised to serve as chief.
He has served with the Amherst department for 27 years, as assistant chief since 2011. He is a licensed fire inspector and fire prevention expert who estimates going on 5,000 career calls in the Amherst fire district.
Knoll retired this fall from Bettcher Industries in Birmingham. As chief, he is the sole full-time employee in Amherst’s volunteer fire department, which boasts a roster of 34.
“You guys are phenomenal,” said mayor Mark Costilow, addressing a crowded room of firefighters and families. “Amherst residents really are thankful for what you do.”
Costilow led both Knoll and new assistant chief Brandon Dimacchia in taking an oath to serve Amherst and the state of Ohio.
Amherst safety-service director John Jeffereys was tapped to accept the oaths of newly-promoted Capt. Ron Campana and Lt. John Tomlinson.
“I’m proud to be the chief of these guys and for the city of Amherst,” Knoll said, closing the brief ceremony.
Northeim’s last day on the job is Friday. He will take accrued time through the spring until his official June 1 retirement date.
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Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Sworn in after promotions are new Amherst fire chief Greg Knoll, assistant chief Brandon Dimacchia, Capt. Ron Campana, and Lt. John Tomlinson.