June 26, 2016

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New fire chief Carl Rommel taking over in Wadsworth

WADSWORTH — The Wadsworth Fire Department will have a new chief for the first time in 10 years.

Carl Rommel

Capt. Carl Rommel will take over Monday for Ralph Copley, who announced his retirement in December 2012, said Matt Hiscock, public safety director for the city.

Rommel, 50, has served as a firefighter, paramedic, fire inspector, EMS instructor, lieutenant and captain since joining the Fire Department in 1994 as an on-call, paid member, Hiscock said.

The new chief earned full-time status with the city in 1998 as a firefighter and paramedic. He earned the rank of lieutenant in 2001 and captain in 2003, Hiscock said.

In addition, Rommel’s career includes four years of service on a fire department in Illinois.

The chief oversees fire operations and the EMS department. Overall, the Fire Department has 60 employees, which includes 15 full-time workers.
Hiscock said four candidates applied for the chief position and took part in a written test and interview process.

Copley, the city’s former fire inspector, became chief in 2003.

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