nbspTspan stylecolor rgb34 34 34 font-family arial sans-serif font-size 13px text-indent 0.5inhe Clinton Heights Fire Department CHFD is pleased to acknowledge the recent promotion of member Vince Memole to Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve.nbsp LTC Memoles current assignment is as Asst Chief of Staff G-5 Chief of Plans for the 78spansup stylecolor rgb34 34 34 font-family arial sans-serif text-indent 0.5inthsupspan stylecolor rgb34 34 34 font-family arial sans-serif font-size 13px text-indent 0.5inTraining Division at Fort Dix New Jersey. nbspAlso fire department member Paul Bednarczyk was promoted to Major in the Air Force Reserve.nbsp He currently is with the 439spansup stylecolor rgb34 34 34 font-family arial sans-serif text-indent 0.5inthsupspan stylecolor rgb34 34 34 font-family arial sans-serif font-size 13px text-indent 0.5innbspCivil Engineering Squadron CES at Westover Air Reserve Base in Massachusetts.nbsp Memole who has been deployed three times has been with Clinton Heights Fire for 26 years Bednarczyk having been deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 has been a member of Clinton Heights for 10 years.spanp classMsoNormal stylemargin 0px color rgb34 34 34 font-family arial sans-serif font-size 13px text-indent 0.5inuupp classMsoNormal stylemargin 0px color rgb34 34 34 font-family arial sans-serif font-size 13px text-indent 0.5inCHFD has many members who have proudly served in the Armed Forces of the United States Tony Rossello Sr. Ted Mulberry Bob Stark Sr. Bob Phelan Ed Pratt Current Chief Randy Cherubino 2supndsupnbspAsst Chief Bill OConnor Tom Penk Adam Kraus Brian Hill Steve Frost Paul Van Wormer and Sean Racine.nbsp Fire Fighter John Schumaker will join the United States Army on August 28supthsup.uuuupp classMsoNormal stylemargin 0px color rgb34 34 34 font-family arial sans-serif font-size 13pxnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbspnbsp Also in line for recognition recently is department member Matt Boniface who graduated from Suffolk University on May 5supthsup.nbsp Graduating Cum Laude Matt was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems and International Business.nbspp
In an effort to sharpen the skills of the volunteer firefighters of the Clinton Heights Fire Department, Lieutenant Mike Ciampo of 45 Truck New York City Fire Department located in the Bronx and Firefighter Mike Leo of Squad 41, Bronx were on hand the weekend of March 30-31st to offer class and hands-on experience in truck company operations. Firefighters from Rensselaer, Defreestville, Halfmoon and Wynantskill were invited to join the 35 volunteers from Clinton Heights for this exercise.
Lieutenant Ciampo offered "tips, tricks and techniques" in window ladder entry as well as rotation and rescue. There was extensive training in forcible entry as a firefighter is faced with inward/outward opening doors. Taught and reviewed as well was roof ventilation with an assortment of saws and tools available to truck company personnel. Actual buildings recently donated to the fire department made the experience that much more realistic. Cutting drills were also offered.
Firefighter Leo addressed the techniques of quick interior searches by ladder entry, taking glass, taking control of a room and conducting the primary search.
In all cases both trainers emphasized the importance of communication, team work and accountability. Lieutenant Ciampo has been on the job for 27 years, having served with Rescue 3 in Washington, D. C. as well as Truck 44 NYFD before being assigned to 45 Truck. Firefighter Leo has been a volunteer firefighter with the Islip fire department for 20 years and for 10 years with FDNY. He is also active with FEMA in the City of New York.