By Alana Cerrone
Clarence Cunha has been selected as the 24th Chief of the Providence Fire Department.
Cunha, a 33-year veteran of the Department, has been Acting Chief since September.
Mayor Taveras and Public Safety Commissioner Steven Paré made the announcement on Friday.
"Clarence Cunha is a veteran firefighter who has risen through the ranks to assume the highest position within the Providence Fire Department. He has a deep and broad understanding of fire operations and is well respected by the men and women he leads," Commissioner Paré said.
"I congratulate Clarence Cunha on his appointment as Chief of the Providence Fire Department," Mayor Taveras said. "Chief Cunha is a proven leader with years of experience and a track record of meritorious service, and I am confident he will lead the Providence Fire Department with distinction."
Providence is the second oldest continuously operating professional fire department in the country
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