LACONIA — Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson has promoted fire Capt. Kirk Beattie to assistant fire chief, replacing former Assistant Chief Deb Pendergast.
Beattie started his new assignment yesterday.
Erickson said Beattie has been with the Laconia Fire Department for 16 years and was most recently the captain of the Weirs Fire Station, where he coordinated fire department efforts for Annual Motorcycle Week.
He has two associates degrees in Fire Science and Paramedicine from the Lakes Region Community College and is earning his bachelor's degree in Public Leadership from Granite State College. He was one of the first Firefighter/EMTs in the Laconia Department.
Erickson said Beattie is the first line officer to move into the chief ranks in Laconia since the 1980s.
"This is a great morale boost for the department to see a member of the department excel to command staff," Erickson said.
Erickson said Beattie has knowledge of Laconia's buildings, its hydrant systems, and his good reputation with the other city departments is well established. Beattie lives in Laconia and several years ago developed the Swift Water Training Program for the fire department.