CRANFORD, NJ –Two firefighters were sworn in at a ceremony during Tuesday night’s township committee meeting.

Daniel Polito and Brad Bisset were both volunteer firefighters for years prior to their appointment as probationary firefighters.

 “When you are a volunteer firefighter, it takes a lot of time away from your family to respond to calls and to keep up with state requirements,” Cranford Fire Chief Dan Czeh said. Both were sworn in by township clerk Tara Rowley and presented their badges by family members.

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Czeh said that Polito and Bisset are replacing two retirees, bringing the department back to a total of four seven-man shifts.

“The fire department knows how tight the budget is and respects the diligence of the committee for making sure all tax dollars are being effectively spent,” Czeh said. “Filling these vacancies will cut down on overtime and give the department the ability to safely and effectively operate at fire and other emergency scenes. From the entire fire department, we just want to say thank you very much.”

Deputy Mayor Patrick Giblin welcomed the probationary firefighters and reminded the public that the fire department will celebrate its 125-year anniversary this October.

“You’re joining a rich history,” Giblin told Polito and Bisset. “We wish you well and please stay safe.”