BRATTLEBORO -- Due to the retirement of Capt. Billy Johnson at the end of January, the Brattleboro Fire Department recently announced it had promoted two of its firefighters to captain and lieutenant.

Lt. Mark Geno has been promoted to the position of captain. A 27-year veteran of the Brattleboro Fire Department, Geno was chosen from a field of four candidates after participating in a testing process that consisted of a written test, oral board interviews and interviews with Fire Chief Mike Bucossi and Assistant Fire Chief Peter Lynch. Geno has two grown children and lives in Brattleboro with his wife Tammy. He will assume his new position on Feb. 25, as captain of Platoon No. 3.

Firefighter Daniel Hiner has been promoted to the position of lieutenant. Hiner was chosen from a field of seven candidates after participating in a testing process that consisted of a written test, oral board interviews and interviews with Bucossi and Lynch. Hiner, a member of the Brattleboro Fire Department for 16 years, lives in Brattleboro with his wife Beth and their two children. He will start in his new position on March 1 with Platoon No. 3.

Andrew Blazej has been hired to the position of full-time firefighter. Blazej finished first in the testing process which included a physical agility test, written test and interviews. Blazej was chosen from a total of 47 applications that were received from all over the country to fill one firefighter position. He has eight years of firefighting experience as a volunteer for the Guilford Fire Department and the Brattleboro Fire Department call staff. Blazej lives in Brattleboro with his wife Jessica and their four children and will begin his duties on Feb. 18.