Served as the Commanding Officer of the Fire Department City of New York’s (FDNY) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Unit for the last 12 years of my career before retiring. Under my leadership, I have increased the integration of Geospatial Technology within the FDNY.
Began my Public Safety career in my hometown as a member the Lynbrook, NY Volunteer Fire Department as a firefighter. During my time in the local Volunteer Fire Department, I obtained my New York State Certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). My passion for the Fire Service led me to the FDNY where I served as an EMT. My FDNY career enabled me to attend the FDNY Bureau of Training to become a New York State Certified Paramedic.
Through my hard work and dedication, I was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and then Captain. During my career with the FDNY and with the Volunteer Fire Department, I have been exposed to several large scale emergency situations, such as the terror attacks at the World Trade Center in 1993 and 2001, the 1989 Con Edison Gas Plant explosion, the 1993 Golden Venture ship accident and the 1995 Suffolk County Pine Barren Wildfires.
I'm a fire lieutenant with with 28 years of experience and an unusual fascination with maps. I started my fire service experience as a resident firefighter while going to college for cartography. I eventually achieved a degree in Cartography with a minor in Computer Science. However I realized my professional passion was being a firefighter, however I never lost my excitement for cartography. I became a career firefighter in the Seattle area about 21 years ago. I suspect my department hired me with the idea that “This is the guy that is going to fix our maps”.
After starting our GIS program, I took on the department’s pre-incident planning program. Our department’s preplans were hand drawn and extremely out of date. My department wished to move into computer-designed diagrams and I sought ways to streamline the process. At about the same time, my city was developing a good, accurate map with building and parking lot footprints. Realizing the value of using work that already has been created, I started using GIS for our pre-incident plans back in 1998.
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