April 17, 2010


Cortland fire chief picks a new assistant chief

assistantJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
Wayne Friedman, who was selected as Cortland assistant fire chief, is shown Wednesday in the the Court Street Fire Station.

Staff Reporter

Fire Chief Chuck Glover has selected firefighter Wayne Friedman as the city’s provisional assistant fire chief.
Glover on Tuesday cited Friedman’s work ethic during his seven years with the department, extensive training and background as former Cortlandville fire chief.
“Looking at Wayne’s resume, his past work and related experience, I felt that he best met the needs of the city of Cortland and the Cortland Fire Department as I see the challenges that lie ahead of us,” Glover said.
Glover said he made the decision April 9, and Friedman will be sworn in at 9 a.m. Monday on the second floor of the fire station on Court Street.
Friedman will replace former Assistant Chief Charles Sherman, who retired in January.
Glover said Friedman’s salary will fall within a $65,000 to $70,000 range, which he submitted to the Cortland County Personnel/Civil Service Office. Glover said he expects the salary to be around $65,000 while Friedman is provisional assistant chief and to increase when an official appointment is made.
To become the permanent assistant chief, Friedman will have to place in the top three in a civil service exam that will be given in early 2011. The test is open to all fire captains who have worked for the city fire department at least three years and all career firefighters who have worked for the department at least seven years.
As assistant fire chief, Friedman will be responsible for assisting in managing day-to-day operations, budgeting, overseeing personnel, directing orders to firefighters during fires and acting as chief in the fire chief’s absence.
Glover said he chose Friedman after reviewing his credentials and speaking to the city’s paid and volunteer firefighters, as well as the city Fire Commission.
Glover said Friedman was one of six candidates for the position.
Friedman’s name was also submitted to Mayor Susan Feiszli by the Fire Commission as one of three recommendations to replace former Fire Chief Dennis Baron, Glover said. The other recommendations were Capt. Duane Pierce and Glover, who Feiszli appointed.
Glover said Friedman has advanced his education by earning a bachelor’s degree in public administration through Empire State College and earning many certifications for fire operations training.
“It’s a great opportunity. Obviously I’ve worked throughout my career in getting experience and education to one day have this opportunity, and this opportunity has been placed upon me,” Friedman said.
Friedman is also deputy fire coordinator for the county Fire and Emergency Management Office.
Glover said he thinks Friedman can help the department address its biggest challenges, which Glover said are its aging Court Street fire station and its fleet of aging fire trucks.
Glover said he wants to institute a way for the city to use long-term planning to decide when to replace aging equipment and trucks to avoid having to bond for them.
Friedman said he hopes to develop strategies to improve the department in a poor economic climate and better serve local residents.


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