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Fire Department Staff Changes



William L. Collins was promoted to Captain on November 2, 2015

Before starting his career with the Department on March 10, 1997, Captain Collins served our country as a member of the United States Marine Corp. Captain Collins has been recognized for heroic actions several times throughout his career, including the dramatic rescue of a child from a fire on South Queen Street in 1999. Captain Collins was also named the Department’s Firefighter of the Year in 2013.Captain Collins had been assigned as a firefighter at Station 2 on D Platoon. He will be serving as the Captain on D Platoon in his new position of Captain. Captain Collins promotion to Captain changed the history within the Department as he is the first African American to be promoted within the Department.


Captain David L. Bowmnan retired on March 6, 2016

Bowman is a 21-year veteran of the department.  Bowman is a former member of Fire/Rescue Explorer Post #610 and became a volunteer  member of the department in 1982.  On March 6, 1995, Bowman was appointed to the York City Fire Department as a career member.  Bowman was promoted to Captain on December 16, 2014 where he served as the Captain of the Department's B Platoon.  

Bowman attended the 55th HACC Fire Academy in 1995.  Bowman received the Department's 2013 Firefighter of the Year Award and is also the recipient of a Letter of Commendation for actions taken at a fire in 2013. 

Bowman's family has a long history in the department which includes his father, uncles and brother.  Bowman's brother is currently a career Captain with the department and his father and uncles are active members of the York City Department of Fire/Rescue Services Volunteers. 


New Employees

Michael L. Zaler and Malachi J. Cochran started their careers with the department on February 29, 2016.

Zaler is from the Pittsburgh area and is married to Sarah. 

Cochran is from Westfield, PA and is engaged to be married on June 25, 2016 to his fiancé Kristen Potter

Both successfully completed the 55th Fire Academy at Harrisburg Area Community College.