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Schenectady welcomes new fire chief

25-year veteran Raymond Senecal praised as calm decision-maker

Schenectady Fire Chief Raymond Senecal is sworn in by Mayor Gary McCarthy at City Hall on Monday evening.
Photographer: Stacey Lauren-Kennedy
Schenectady Fire Chief Raymond Senecal is sworn in by Mayor Gary McCarthy at City Hall on Monday evening.
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A no-nonsense firefighter was appointed chief of the Schenectady Fire Department Monday night. Raymond Senecal was calm even when things started to go wrong on his first day as assistant fire chief, Mayor Gary McCarthy recounted during the swearing-in ceremony. First there was a car fire. Then a second fire. And finally, a third call. “And nothing left to be deployed,” McCarthy said. He watched as Senecal “walked through the fire scene, getting people freed ...

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