Newport Clerk Recorder Peggy Hawker swears in five firefighters with new duties Tuesday night before the city council. Fire Chief Phil Paige has been reorganizing the department since taking over the reins recently. Chief Paige says the redistribution of Newport firefighter responsibilities is part of a plan to improve emergency response times while integrating department resources with other central coast fire agencies. Paige and his fellow fire chiefs in Depoe Bay and Waldport are seeking to raise service levels while keeping costs down for taxpayers. Discussions between the agencies are ongoing with oversight from their city councilors and district boards.
All captains sworn in are paid firefighters with the exception of Capt. Brian Haggerty who is a long-time volunteer firefighter.