WESTPORT — The fire department added to its ranks last week, swearing in five new firefighters in a Friday afternoon ceremony.

Adding new members is “always exciting,” Fire Chief Robert Yost said. “They were all highly recommended and well-vetted, and I think they’re going to be an incredible addition.”

The five will begin working at the Westport Fire Department in December after going through the academy this fall. The department plans to hire an additional five firefighters that it will send to the winter academy, Yost said, ultimately raising the total new hires to 10.

The probationary firefighters sworn in by First Selectman Jim Marpe on Aug. 18 were Francis Oldham, Joshua Taylor, Andrew Ponticiello, Vincent DelVecchio and Robert Wargo.

Oldham, a Danbury native, has 12 years experience as a volunteer firefighter in Bether, where he currently lives . Previously self-employed in landscaping and construction work, Oldham lives with his girlfriend Hallie and the couple’s dogs, Harper and Duke.

Taylor — a lifelong New Fairfield resident who remains in town with his wife Suzanne and children, Nicki and Robert — graduated from the University of Connecticut at Storrs with a degree in economics and previously worked as a carpenter.

Ponticiello, a Mamaroneck, N.Y. native who continues to live there with his family and dog Bernie, has a criminal justice degree from Pace University. He previously worked for Savage Mooring Service in Mamaroneck.

DelVecchio, a Stratford native, has a history degree from Southern Connecticut State University and previously worked for Stratford’s public works department.

Wargo has a master’s degree in education from the University of Connecticut at Storrs and previously worked as the director of volunteer services at Sterling House Community Center, located in Stratford. The Stratford native lives in Hamden with his wife Holli and children, Luke and Charlie.

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