East Providence Fire Department promotes new chief, seven officers in City Hall ceremony

Posted 10/17/13

EAST PROVIDENCE — In a ceremony held Thursday evening, Oct. 17, in the City Hall Chamber, Oscar Elmasian was formally promoted to the position of East Providence Fire Department chief while seven other of his colleagues each also moved up in rank.

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