FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield Fire Department promoted two firefighters to lieutenant this week. Scott Trembley and Brian McHugh started work at their new ranks Friday.
“There’s a big turnover in our department, and I’m looking forward to working with these new officers to give our citizens of Fairfield the excellent public service they deserve,” Fire Chief Richard Felner said in a statement.
Trembley and McHugh are the latest two of the nine members of the Fairfield Fire Department to be promoted in the last month. The Fairfield Fire Commission promoted two men to assistant chief and five to lieutenant in February.
The appointments ended a period of controversy in the department in which several members were promoted on a provisional basis and retired shortly after, earning a higher pension because of the change in positions. But Trembley, McHugh and the other seven promoted officers will fill their new jobs on a permanent basis, having participated in a series of promotional tests and interviews.
Trembley has been a member of the Fairfield Fire Department for 16 years, and McHugh has been with the department for 13 years. Each has received two Joseph J. Stopa Life Saving Medals. Trembley earned his in two separate incidents in which he saved a man who was going into cardiac arrest.
McHugh also earned his Life Saving Medals responding to calls of residents in cardiac arrest. He has also received the Joseph S. Elias Meritorious Service Award and a Unit Citation. A Fairfield native, McHugh is also is a member of the Department Honor Guard and Hazardous Materials Technician Response Team.
“Family is very important to me, and to stand before the Fire Commission to receive this promotion with my wife, father, mother, sister, mother-in-law and son was a great honor,” said McHugh. “The opportunity to serve the community where I was raised and am raising my children is something I value more than I can say.”