(Portage) The Portage Fire Department promoted four members Wednesday. Fire Chief Troy Haase says Mark Bublitz was promoted from lieutenant to captain-engineer. Bublitz began his career with the fire department in 1984, rising through the ranks to assistant chief in 1995 and was hired as a fulltime engineer in 1996. Matt Asch was hired as a fulltime engineer in 2018 and was promoted to lieutenant-engineer. Asch started as a paid-on-call in 1998 and was made captain in 2012. Brian Bonovetz was also promoted to lieutenant-engineer after being hired as a fulltime engineer in 2018. Bonovetz’s career with the fire department began in 1993 and was named deputy chief in 2010. Ryan Armson was promoted from fulltime engineer to inspector-engineer. Armson began as a paid-on-call in 2005 and rose through the ranks to lieutenant in 2014. Haase says their families took part in the celebration by pinning their badges and collar brass during the pinning ceremony.
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