Los Banos Fire Station No. 1 has a new captain for the first time since 2006.
Eddie Vierra was promoted from engineer to captain in a ceremony Monday at the station.
"It's a childhood dream, to be a firefighter," Vierra said. "Once I got older, being a career fire captain was my goal."
Vierra's firefighting career stretches 22 years, half as a volunteer and the rest on the job.
A 1989 Los Banos High School graduate, Vierra was born and raised in Los Banos. His wife, Sarah, pinned the badge and captain's bugles on his shirt and collar . His son, 4-year-old Chance, and parents, Eddie Sr. and Maria, were all in attendance.
Vierra said he's served as an acting captain for a couple of months.
"The idea of actually being a permanent captain is kind of a breathtaker," Vierra said.
Fire Chief Chet Guintini said a number of firefighters were up for the position, which made for a difficult decision.
"I think it worked out well," Guintini said. "Ed will serve us well and do a good job for us."
Guintini said Vierra fills the open captain position left after Ernie Petrocelli retired last month.
The station has three captains. Guintini said a firefighter will be promoted to the now-open engineer position, and eventually the crew will get a new firefighter.
Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanos enterprise.com.