Boardman Fire Department adds 2 to crew
BOARDMAN — The Boardman Fire Department brought on two new full-time firefighters, bringing the department up to a staff of 39.
Ian Murray and Brandon Gilmore both joined the department, but their swearing-in ceremony has been postponed for now.
Murray, 36, was born in Germany and raised in a military family. He is a 2002 graduate of Crestwood High School. He received his firefighter II and EMT-basic certifications from Cuyahoga Community College.
Murray works part time for the Springfield Township Fire Department and attends the paramedic program through University Hospital in Parma. He lives in Tallmadge with his wife Ashley and enjoys CrossFit training and hiking with his wife and dog, Turner.
Gilmore, 27, was born and raised in Youngstown. He graduated from East High School in 2011. Shortly after his graduation, he attended and received his firefighter I and II training certification at the Youngstown Fire Academy.
Gilmore formerly worked as a railroad conductor and is still employed as a part-time firefighter for Sharon and Farrell in Pennsylvania. He lives in the area and enjoys playing with his son, hanging out with friends and family, and playing drums for his church. He plans to further his education in fire training and to attend medic school.
Having both new full-time firefighters keeping their part-time positions in other departments is nothing new. According to Boardman fire Chief Mark Pitzer, it is very common.
“We do not have part-time firefighters,” he said. “But yes, part-time firefighters in other communities work for multiple departments. Some full-time firefighters work part time in other departments as there is a firefighter shortage.”