New firefighter takes oath in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown Fire Department is now at full staff, after the mayor swore in the city’s newest firefighter Thursday morning.

The addition of Chad Palmer puts the department at its capacity of 138 firefighters. The department is now in a hiring freeze until they drop to 130, which is anticipated to be in late spring.

Palmer started as an inspector with the department on Sept. 8.

His family watched on as he took his oath. They said they’re very proud of him, especially because he’s not the only firefighter in the family.

“My dad is a captain and chief. My grandpa was a fireman. My mom and aunt both were and my uncle is a captain in Westlake,” Palmer said.

Palmer is from Kent and was a part-time firefighter in Rootstown for three years.

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