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New Fire Chief Announced for Ithaca Fire Department


The City of Ithaca and the Ithaca Fire Department have announced the promotion of Acting Chief Rob Covert to now Fire Chief.

“I am so pleased that the Common Council voted unanimously to promote Acting Chief Rob Covert to the permanent position of Fire Chief for the Ithaca Fire Department. Chief Covert’s long-standing commitment to serving our community as a 30-year Fire Fighter, Deputy Chief, and, most recently, as Acting Chief speaks volumes about his professional experience and dedication.” Said Ithaca Mayor Laura Lewis during the Ithaca Common Council meeting.


Chief Covert began his career with the Ithaca Fire Department back in 1992 and currently serves as an Intelligence Liaison Officer and State Fire Instructor for the state division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

The Ithaca Fire Department currently employs 64 career personnel at four stations for fire, rescue, emergency medical, and other services in a 33 square mile area with a population near 90,000 people.

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