A new leader has been named for the largest fire department in western Massachusetts.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno Thursday announced that Bernard “B.J.” Calvi, a deputy chief with the Agawam Fire Department, has been hired to be the new Springfield Fire Commissioner.
Sarno described Calvi as a “real go-getter” who rose to the top after a national search that produced almost 40 applicants.
Calvi, who began in the fire services in 1995, said leading the Springfield Fire Department will be a career-culminating job.
"Everybody wants to make it to the top of the ladder, but these jobs are few and far between and I am fortunate that Mayor Sarno has placed his trust in me to lead the department into the future," Calvi told reporters Thursday after his appointment was announced at a City Hall press conference.
Calvi has signed a five-year contract with a starting salary of $145,000. His start date is January 24 2018.