RAYNHAM — Following Deputy Fire Chief Bryan LaCivita’s appointment as the new Raynham fire chief effective July 1, Fire Chief James Januse promoted four other members of the department and swore in a new firefighter at a promotion ceremony at Town Hall Tuesday evening.
With friends and family in attendance at the standing-room-only event, Capt. Barrett Johnson, Lt. Jeffrey Kelleher, firefighter Jason Karns, firefighter Brad Carr and firefighter Trevor Chute were honored for their new ranks and achievements.
Johnson was promoted to the rank of deputy chief. Johnson first joined the department as a call firefighter in 1995. He was hired full-time in 1998, promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2012 and named captain in 2017.
Kelleher was promoted to the rank of captain. Like Johnson, Kelleher joined the department as a call firefighter in 1995 and was hired full-time in 1998. In January 2017, he was named acting lieutenant and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant later that year.
Karns and Carr were both promoted to the rank of lieutenant. Karns began his career with the department as a call firefighter in July 2001 and was hired full-time in July 2002. Carr joined the department in September 1993 and was hired full-time in July 1996.
Firefighter Trevor Chute was also officially sworn in as a full-time firefighter after graduating from the Mass. Firefighting Academy in March, following his initial full-time hire last July. Prior to being hired as a call firefighter for the department in January 2016, Chute served in the U.S. Navy from 2012 to 2016.
There was “a lot of tradition and history in that room” for the event, Johnson said, pointing to the pinning ceremony involving several family members also in the fire service.
Kelleher was pinned by his son, Raynham firefighter Justin Kelleher. Carr was also pinned by his son, Shane Carr, who was sworn in as a West Bridgewater Fire Department lieutenant last January. Chute was pinned by his father, Fred Chute, who serves as a firefighter in Easton.