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Hail to the (Fire) Chief

Incoming Fire Chief Louis M. DeMeglio

From the NRFD:

Deputy Chief Louis M. DiMeglio will become Chief of the New Rochelle Fire Department on July 31, the day after Raymond “Doc” Kiernan retires after 45 years of service.

Deputy Chief DiMeglio is a 38-year veteran of the New Rochelle Fire Department, having risen through the ranks from his appointment as a probationary firefighter in 1973 to Fire Lieutenant in 1982 and Fire Captain in 1989. In 1996 he became Code Enforcement Officer, overseeing inspection and approvals of fire protection systems in new construction on project such as Costco, Home Depot, New Roc City, Avalon I and II and Trump Towers.

In May 2007, DiMeglio was promoted to Deputy Chief and assigned to Support Services, in charge of purchases and maintenance of apparatus as well as supervising the department’s Training and Safety divisions. DiMeglio was transferred to Active Fire Duty in 2009 as Shift Commander for 37-member shift and served as Incident Commander at emergencies.

Deputy Chief DiMeglio has a degree in Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy and has obtained numerous Fire Academy certifications. He is a board member of the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce, currently serving as Secretary.

City leaders praised Deputy Chief DiMeglio’s abilities.

“I look forward to working closely with Chief DiMeglio, and believe he will maintain and enhance the reputation of the New Rochelle Fire Department as being the finest in the State of New York,” said City Manager Charles B. Strome, III.


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