LACONIA — Fire Chief Ken Erickson yesterday announced the promotion of Lieutenant Chris Shipp to captain and of senior firefighter Jay Ellingson to lieutenant. The promotions followed the earlier promotion of Captain Kirk Beattie to assistant chief.
Shipp, who joined the department in 1995 and was promoted to lieutenant in 2001, will be assigned to the Weirs Beach Station where he will directly supervise his platoon and oversee the three others, altogether managing all 12 firefighters posted to the station. Among the first paramedics in the department, Shipp has a degree in liberal arts as well as emergency medicine and fire science. Off hours, he serves as a selectman in Moultonborough.
Ellingson will also be assigned to the Weirs Beach Station. Earning numerous certifications and several citations during his 12 years with the department, he has served as an acting officer when necessary for the past few years.