Ashland Fire & Rescue promoted three people to new positions on Tuesday during a ceremony at Fire Station #1. With the retirement of Battalion Chief Dana Sallee last week, Steve Boyersmith will take his place as one of three shift Battalion Chiefs responsible for all operations at both stations on a daily basis. Boyersmith has been a captain at Ashland Fire & Rescue for the past eight years of his 17-year career in Ashland.

Engineer Robert Stephens was promoted to the rank of captain. Stephens has been with the department for 21 years, nine of them as an engineer. Each shift has two captains who are responsible for the workings of each station’s emergency response staff and training.

Finally, Firefighter/Paramedic Ashley Manning was promoted to the rank of engineer after nine years with Ashland Fire & Rescue. Engineers drive and maintain the fire engines and are responsible for water supply during fires. Manning also leads the department’s technical rescue program.

“While we’re sad to see Dana Sallee go, this creates an opportunity for others to step into positions they’ve been training for over many years,” said Fire Chief Mike D’Orazi. “We’re excited to see these folks rewarded for their hard work and have a chance to make a difference in our department and serve the community at a higher level.”