The acting Providence fire chief will now serve in the post permanently.
Clarence Cunha has served in the department for 33 years and has been the acting fire chief since September. Mayor Angel Taveras and Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare (PAH'-ree) announced his permanent appointment on Friday.
Cunha began his career with the department in 1980 assigned to Engine Company 3, then spent nine years in the special hazards unit before rising through the ranks to become battalion chief and then deputy assistant chief.
He will be the department's 24th chief.
Pare says Cunha has a broad understanding of fire operations and is well-respected in the department. Taveras says he's confident the new chief will serve with distinction.
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