Petal Fire Dept. promotes 3 to Lieutenant

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Three Petal firefighters are about to take on some new command responsibilities. Robert Ellis, Carlton Sims and Marion Sims were each promoted to the rank of lieutenant at a ceremony at the Central Fire Station this morning.

The Petal Fire Department has just re-instituted the lieutenant position to help support the command structure. Ellis has 8 years of firefighting experience, while both Carlton and Marion Sims have about 5 years of firefighting experience.

"With the lieutentant slots now moving in, anytime a battalion chief is out or doing something else on the officer's side, you have the lieutenants who will be able to step up and fill the role as commander," said Shane Pickett, assistant fire chief.

There are currently 25 firefighters in the Petal Fire Department.

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