(Portage) The Portage Fire Department recently held a swearing-in ceremony for their newest fire-engineer. Joshua Meyer is a native to the Madison-area, having grown up in Waunakee and working as a mechanic for 10 years at a shop just off the beltline. Fire Chief Troy Haase says his family roots originated in Portage, beginning in 1865, when Meyer’s great-great grandparents built a home on Wisconsin Street. Meyer volunteered at DeForest Windsor Fire and EMS, where he spent the last five years working his way up to a lieutenant’s position. During the ceremony, Meyer offered a special thanks to the fire department, the city administered, and the police and fire commission for offering him this opportunity to join. He said he is looking forward to working beside the members to serve the Portage community. Portage Mayor Rick Dodd provided some words of encouragement and the PFC congratulated Meyer for being a strong candidate.