PLANT CITY Plant City Fire Rescue recently promoted three of its employees and hired two, including its first female firefighter-paramedic in at least two years.
Friends, family and fellow firefighters were on hand as the five were sworn in to their new jobs at a Monday ceremony at City Hall that included a color guard.
“Welcome to the family,” Fire Chief Dan Azzariti said of the new recruits.
City Emergency Medical Services Chief James Wilson added, “continue the legacy.”
The promotions included:
• James Wingo was named battalion chief. He has worked for Fire Rescue for more than 20 years, including the last 10 years as captain. Wingo and his wife Trish have a son, Colton. Trish pinned his new badge on his shirt while 7-year-old Colton stood by her side.
• Jeffrey Griggs was promoted to captain. Griggs began his career with Fire Rescue on March 18, 2002 and became a driver engineer two years later. He and his wife Courtney, who pinned on his new badge, have a son, Parker.
• James Maxwell was named captain. He has been a member of Fire Rescue for 10 years, and has been a driver engineer since late 2008. He and his wife Christy, who pinned on his new badge, have a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Maybrie.
New hires include:
• Nicolette Anciulis is the fifth female firefighter to be hired by Fire Rescue. The other four have left the department so she will be the only woman non-civilian in the 41-member department. Anciulis most recently worked as a paramedic at Rural/Metro Ambulance in Orlando. Her badge was pinned on by Debbie Brady, her best friend who was also her partner at the ambulance service.
• Nickolas Cantalupo is following in his father’s footsteps as a firefighter-paramedic. His father, Alex, a firefighter for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, pinned on his son’s badge. “I think it’s a great career and I’m glad he chose it,” Alex Cantalupo said later. Nickolas’ mom Susan, said she and her husband have another son who also plans to become a firefighter.