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 34 recruits in the current class representing 11 departments and three counties.



Student Fire Department
John Nikisher Arlington FD
Colin Goldstein Arlington FD
Nizar Ahchouch Arlington FD
Edward Torhan Arlington FD
Daniel Burke Arlington FD
Andrea Vallovera Arlington FD
Stephen Lawlor Eastchester FD
Eva Russo Eastchester FD
Justin DiSanto Eastchester FD
Stefano Gizzo Eastchester FD
Nicholas Senerchia Pelham Manor FD
Alfonso Migliarini Pelham Manor FD
John Caldarola Fairview FD
Brett Loccisano Fairview FD
Richard Heckett Lake Mohegan FD
John Guida Lake Mohegan FD
Neal Krysinki Long Beach FD
William Kane Long Beach FD
Pedro Galdamez Middletown FD
Eric Barone Middletown FD
Noah Lake Middletown FD
Kenneth Ahearn White Plains FD
Eric Bratberg White Plains FD
Devin Burns White Plains FD
Maurice O'Connor Scarsdale FD
Dylan Walsh Peekskill FD
Keith Walker  Peekskill FD
Thomas Fejas Peekskill FD
Colin Park  Peekskill FD
Oliver Martell Peekskill FD
Michael Esposito Peekskill FD
Aidan Michael Ahearn Rye FD
Thomas Junior Rye FD
John Whelan Long Beach FD

Command Staff:
Academy Director:  Captain Joe Sinatra, New Rochelle FD
Executive Officer:    Lt. Domenick DiRienzo, Eastchester FD

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