Retirements and resignations at the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department have left openings for new hires and promotions. The city has advertised these positions both within and outside the department.
One of the vacancies was created by the departure of Deputy Chief David Batiato in July of this year, after nearly 32 years with the department. Batiato, who served as second in command, began his career in 1991.
When the department looked to replace Deputy Chief Batiato, they sought an individual with similar skill sets, to assist Fire Chief Chris Byrne. Byrne returned to the department after retiring from that same position.