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New fire chief takes oath at engine housing ceremony

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Prescott Fire Department Chief Bruce Martinez smiles as his wife Brenda Martinez pins him as fire chief Tuesday while his son Mitch Martinez looks on.

Courtesy photo<p> Prescott Fire Department Chief Bruce Martinez smiles as his wife Brenda Martinez pins him as fire chief Tuesday while his son Mitch Martinez looks on.

Prescott Fire Department Chief Bruce Martinez took his oath of office Tuesday and his wife, Brenda Martinez, pinned him fire chief.

On Nov. 1, 2009, Bruce Martinez, who had been deputy fire chief for two years, became fire chief. Martinez and Ralph Lucas served as deputy fire chiefs after former Fire Chief Darrell Willis retired in 2007 to become emergency services director and is now wildland division fire chief. Martinez is a 27-year veteran of the Prescott Fire Department.

Three members of the Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew and Prescott Fire's spokesman Eric Kriwer also received promotions, took the oath of office, and were pinned with badges for their new positions as well, said Kristi Gagnon, fire inspector for the Prescott Fire Department and chairperson of Prescott Firefighter Charities.

Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew members Clayton Whitted and Damian Sauer received promotions to lead crew, while Jesse Steed was promoted to squad boss, said Kriwer, fire marshal and newly promoted division chief of the Prescott Fire Department.

The fire department also held a housing ceremony for its new engine, as it has for the past several years, said Gagnon, who coordinated the event.

The new engine is a pumper, Kriwer said, adding that it's the primary response truck that firefighters use.

During the housing ceremony, Chaplain Sam Webb said a prayer asking God to bless the engine and those who ride it, keeping them safe as they seek to serve others, Gagnon said.

After the prayer, attendees pushed the engine in and out of the station bay three times to signify God, country, and crew, Gagnon said.

Next, Prescott Mayor Marlin Kuykendall christened the new engine by breaking a bottle of champagne on its front bumper, Gagnon said.

The mayor, city council members, City Manager Steve Norwood and Deputy City Manager Laurie Hadley attended the ceremony, Gagnon said.

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