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New Chief Of Elmont Fire Department Begins Term

Twenty-three year EFD member shows longevity is key

The members of the Elmont Fire Department (EFD) recently elected its new leader, Chief of Department Angelo Chilelli, for the 2012-13 term. Chilelli has been a part of the EFD for most of his life, starting as an explorer as a teenager.

A lifelong resident of the Elmont Fire District, Chilelli is a 23-year member of the EFD, serving with Engine Company No. 3 on Meacham Avenue. Before becoming chief of department, he served as first and second lieutenant, captain of Engine Company No. 3 and most recently, assistant chief.

In Chilelli’s new role, he will ensure that the daily tasks of running EFD are executed, supervise officers and firefighters at fire and emergency scenes and work with the assistant chiefs on recruitment and training programs, among other duties.

Chilelli says his top priority will be the safety of the residents of this district and the members of the fire department. He also plans to work with the department’s officers to enhance training and continue with recruitment efforts put forth by his predecessor, former Chief of Department Michael Capoziello.

He also hopes to help inspire members to become incident safety officers, who are responsible for ensuring that firefighters follow safety protocol at an emergency scene, while the chief of department remains first in command. More than 30 members have attained this certification.

With new members joining the pool, he would like to help heighten the success of the EFD’s incident safety officer system. In addition, he will look at ways to enhance fire gear for members.

“I am extremely excited to work with all of the chief officers, fire commissioners, and members on these and other projects,” Chilelli said. “I will keep the lines of communication open, and would love to hear new ideas and other feedback. Ultimately, I will do my best to be a chief that this department can be proud of, like so many of those chiefs who have come before me.”

Chilelli’s term began on May 1 and runs until May 2013.