Brookfield trustees have hired two full-time firefighters to fill a vacancy and prepare for a second one.

On March 4, trustees promoted Nicholas Graf of North Jackson and Shane Stelk of Warren from part-time to full-time status.

Nicholas Graf
Nicholas Graf

The hirings fill the vacancy caused by Jeremy Bahen’s resignation in December, and anticipate the April retirement of Capt. Dave Coffy.

Graf and Stelk will make $34,644 a year.

The overlap with Coffy will allow the department to fill some of the gaps caused by a lack of part-timers to fill available shifts, which has resulted in the frequent closing of Station 51 on Addison Road, said Chief David Masirovits. It also will afford a “smooth transition” once Coffy leaves, he said.

Shane Stelk.
Shane Stelk

Both men have been part-timers with Brookfield since 2014. Stelk also has worked part time with Howland, Cortland and Girard fire departments.

Graf has been a lieutenant with Berlin Fire and field training officer with the ambulance service American Medical Response.