Erie Fire Department swears in nine firefighters and one accelerant-detection dog

The Erie Fire Department, on March 23, 2023, held a swearing-in ceremony for nine new firefighters and Horus, a one-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever, who is the department’s accelerant-detection dog.

The new additions are:

  • Colin McEldowney
  • Joe Baltz
  • Mitchell Reichert
  • Peter Light
  • Scott Dentler
  • Kyle Wyant
  • Jim Wicker
  • Keith Riley
  • Cody McDonald
  • Horus, accelerant detection dog

The Erie Fire Department is staffed by 137 men and women. Find more information about the new firefighters and Horus by watching the livestream of the ceremony on our Facebook page or YouTube channel. Reminder that recruitment for future openings with the Erie Fire Department runs from April 18 – April 29. Find more information at

Nine new Erie Fire Department firefighters and one accelerant-detection dog were sworn in, on March 23, 2023, at a ceremony at Erie City Hall. Standing, from left, are: Peter Light, Mitchell Reichert, Deputy Chief Leonard Trott, Chief Joe Walko, Mayor Joe Schember, Kyle Wyant, Jim Wicker and Keith Riley. Kneeling, from left, are: Colin McEldowney, Joe Baltz, Cody McDonald and Capt. Adam Gatti with Horus, the accelerant-detection dog. PHOTO BY MONICA Z. GUSTIN/CITY OF ERIE
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