From left, Stephen Caron, Ryan Amormino and Aaron Schmid stand Jan. 12 as part of a ceremony at Clinton Township Fire Station No. 4, on Romeo Plank Road. Caron is a new hire, while Amormino and Schmid were promoted.

From left, Stephen Caron, Ryan Amormino and Aaron Schmid stand Jan. 12 as part of a ceremony at Clinton Township Fire Station No. 4, on Romeo Plank Road. Caron is a new hire, while Amormino and Schmid were promoted.

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Fire Department announces two promotions, one new hire

By: Nick Mordowanec | C&G Newspapers | Published January 23, 2021

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township Fire Chief Tim Duncan said a recent announcement of new hires and promotions was a nice thing to celebrate after ten months of pandemic-related uncertainties.

On Jan. 12, in the engine bay of Clinton Township Fire Station No. 4 on Romeo Plank Road, Aaron Schmid was promoted to deputy chief of administration; Ryan Amormino was promoted to lieutenant paramedic; and Stephen Caron was announced as the newest member of the department, sworn in as a firefighter/paramedic.

Schmidt, a De La Salle High School graduate who took courses at Oakland University before entering the Detroit Fire Academy, was a Detroit Fire Department employee before finding a home in Clinton Township. He possesses a degree from Macomb Community College and was one of CTFD’s first firefighters to complete the paramedic program.

Amormino came to CTFD after working as a paramedic for MedStar, studying to become a firefighter/paramedic at MCC. He recently graduated from Grand Canyon University with a degree in leadership, with an emphasis on homeland security and emergency management.

Caron, a Henry Ford High School graduate who earned a degree from MCC, began his career in Highland Park and formerly served with the Utica and Washington Township fire departments.

Duncan said CTFD is fully staffed, with 67 members in fire suppression and 10 administrative personnel.

“We have been operating at that number for a number of years,” Duncan said. “Fortunately for us, the Township Board (of Trustees) and residents have supported the fire department in every way, which has given us the ability to hire some of the finest firefighter candidates in the state.

“We get applicants from all over the state, and oftentimes numerous candidates from other states. Due to this, we rarely have vacancies open for any significant length of time. This is not the case for many fire departments in the tri-county area. We are definitely blessed when it comes to this.”

Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon, who was present at the station with Clerk Kim Meltzer and Trustee Tammy Patton, encouraged everyone in attendance to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine shot.

“I always say we have the best fire and police departments,” Cannon said. “The public backs me up every time they vote for a millage to support our first responders.”

Duncan called the last 10 months “trying” for everybody, with unknowns weighing on him and department personnel as much as anyone else. Buildings have remained closed to the public, as well as members’ families.

“We have firefighters who have had newborn children over the past 10 months who we have yet to see,” he said. “One of the joys of being a firefighter is being able to bring your family into the stations to visit for a short time, and this has not been able to occur. Watching the kids grow up over the years of your co-workers and friends is a special thing.”

Daily decision-making has been challenging, he added, though he thanked the community for aiding the department and its mission. But there is more to do.

“We do anticipate the need to step back at some point in the future and make sure everyone is OK from both a physical and mental standpoint, even more than we are able to do today,” Duncan said. “My understanding is that resources may become available through the state over the next few months, which will help us to address some of these issues.”

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