AUBURN — The Auburn Fire Department has hired a new firefighter and promoted another to the rank of lieutenant.

Fire Chief Geoff Low has announced the promotion of firefighter Rob Dumont to the rank of lieutenant.

A Lewiston native, Dumont started his fire service career with the Danville Volunteer Fire Department and started work with the Auburn department in 2000. He attended the Maine State Fire Academy in 1996 where he obtained his Firefighter I & II state certifications.

In 2009, Dumont received his National Registry Paramedic Certification and graduated from the Maine Fire Training Fire Officer Academy last year.

Dumont lives in Auburn with his wife, Lisa, and their 12-year-old son, Devin.

The department welcomed its newest firefighter, Mark Tripp, to the force in February.

Before taking the job in Auburn, Tripp had worked for the Rumford Fire Department for the past seven years.

He started his firefighting career in Rumford in 1996 as a member of the junior firefighter program, and was hired there full-time in 2004.

Tripp also works as a firefighter for the town of Paris, and as an EMT for Med-Care Ambulance in Mexico.

A national professional board-accredited firefighter and state-licensed basic EMT, Tripp is also a certified hazardous materials technician.

Tripp currently lives in Rumford Point and has a 3-year-old daughter, Jasmine. He is assigned to Engine 3 at Central Station.

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