John Knauss was promoted to training lieutenant for the Hopkinton Fire Department, Chief William Miller announced.
Knauss, who started in his new role Aug. 2, will be in charge of all training, including program development of both fire and EMS-based training, group delivery and orientation for all new hire employees.
Knauss began as a firefighter with the department in 2017. He is certified Firefighter I/II through the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy and is a credentialed Fire Instructor I and paramedic. He is certified in CPR, ACLS (advanced cardiovascular life support) and PALS (pediatric advanced life support). He also is a member of the Massachusetts District 14 Dive Team and has open water and dry suit certifications.
A graduate of the Quinsigamond Community College Paramedic Program, Knauss currently is enrolled in Purdue Global University’s Bachelor of Science in Fire Science program with expected graduation in December.
“Training is a crucial part of what we do as a department and ensures all of our members are prepared with the skills needed to respond to many types of emergencies,” Miller said. “I am pleased to appoint Lt. Knauss to this role and look forward to the knowledge and experience he will bring to the position.”
Knauss will be officially sworn in to the position on Sept. 6 at the Hopkinton Select Board meeting.