New firefighter sworn in to Struthers Fire Department
By Graig Graziosi
A new full-time firefighter was added to the city of Struthers’ roster Tuesday.
Jared Kitt was sworn in to the Struthers Fire Department by Mayor Terry Stocker, bringing the number of full-time firefighters in the city to eight.
“I’m ready to do the best job I can to protect the city of Struthers,” Kitt said.
Mayor Terry Stocker lauded Kitt’s experience.
“He’s an educated guy with an impressive bio,” Stocker said.
Kitt began working with Springfield Township Fire Department as a volunteer in 2010, and since then has worked with the Beaver Township Fire Department, Rural/Metro Ambulance Service and St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.
Currently Kitt works with Lane Lifetrans Paramedics and the Lordstown Fire Department while also instructing students in fire and EMS classes at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center.
Kitt earned a bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University in mathematics education.
Fire Chief William Simcox said he was happy to have Kitt on and that he would be an asset to the department and the city.
Starting firefighters make $39,295 and top out at $44,246. Under their current contract, the firefighters will receive a 1 percent raise in 2018 and 2019.