3 new firefighters sworn-in, 4 promoted in Springfield

New firefighters are graduates of Massachusetts Fire Academy

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Springfield welcomed three new firefighters to the department on Tuesday.

Nicholas Diaz, Alexander Vazques, and Jeffrey Zalewski are recent graduates from the Mass Fire Academy, and were officially sworn in during a badge pinning ceremony at Springfield Fire Department Headquarters. Diaz told 22News that being a firefighter is about a much more than just putting fires out.

“We do a lot of medical calls, life safety training, and lots of property management. We don’t just put the fires out, but we make sure the property and what’s inside can stay intact as well,” Diaz said.

Four current firefighters who have been promoted to lieutenant were also pinned during the ceremony. They are: Shawn Connery, Jeff DeGrey, Michael Pereira, and Miguel Rivera.