Fire Brigade

The Career Fire Academy, a basic firefighter training program, is a collaborative effort among the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services, the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, and Westchester County Career Chiefs. 

The academy is a basic firefighter training program designed to provide the firefighter with the essential knowledge and basic skills necessary to perform their job safely, effectively, efficiently, and as part of a firefighting team.

This 17-week intensive training program provides instruction in a classroom setting and practical skills training.  This training prepares the firefighter to save the life of a fire victim, a fellow firefighter, or themselves. Upon completion of the course, the trainee is able to efficiently mitigate any emergency.

There are 23 recruits in the current class representing seven municipalities.



Student Fire Department
Jeffrey Hill Eastchester FD
James Kellaher Eastchester FD
JohnCarl Navaretta Eastchester FD
Michael Chiarella Harrison FD
Michael Murnane Larchmont FD
John Pilla III Larchmont FD
Dylan DeMuro Mount Vernon FD
Shayne Forbes Mount Vernon FD
Kemar Holness Mount Vernon FD
Gregory Jenkins Mount Vernon FD
Nahteas Murphy Mount Vernon FD
Adrian Nicholson Mount Vernon FD
Gregy Styles Mount Vernon FD
Anthony Borsella Pelham FD
Christopher Paolercio      Pelham FD
Alexander Hauryluck Rye Brook FD
Alexander Adamiak White Plains FD
Andrew Gemecki White Plains FD
Scott Kukis White Plains FD
Nicholas Lombardo White Plains FD
Cody Martin White Plains FD
Nathaniel Miller White Plains FD
James Salerno White Plains FD

Academy Command Staff

Name Position Department
Deputy Chief James Danyko   Commanding Officer     Fairview FD Retired
Captain Robert Ciotti Executive Officer New Rochelle FD
Lt. William Simons Executive Officer White Plains FD
Lt. Roderick "Sal" Hines  Command Staff Mount Vernon FD

The academy program is scheduled twice annually, in the spring and fall.