The Garden City Park Fire Department held its Chief and Assistant Chief Elections on Dec. 5, 2013 for the 2014 calendar year. The results are as follows:
Chief of Department Robert Mirabile
Chief Mirabile became a member of the Garden City Park Fire Department in 1991, when he joined Hillside Heights Engine Company Three. He went on to complete many courses in firematic and Emergency Medical training, while also joining the department Rescue Squad. Chief Mirabile soon rose through the ranks of Rescue Company Five and Engine Company Three, where he was elected Captain seven times. During such time, Chief Mirabile was credited on several occasions for his lifesaving efforts and was the recipient of the prestigious ‘Rescue Member of the Year’ award on three separate occasions. In 2009, he was elected Assistant Chief and is committed to a sense of serving both his community and the members of the Garden City Park Fire Department.
In his personal life, Chief Mirabile is a lifelong member of the community. He is a graduate of New Hyde Park Memorial High School, where he met and later married his wife. Together, they have four children, two dogs, and a goldfish. Chief Mirabile maintains a community presence both on and off the fireground, as a youth athletics coach and administrator, and sits on the Board of Directors in two local Non-Profit Organizations.
Professionally, Chief Mirabile has spent a career in Emergency Service- Proudly serving as a Paramedic within the Old NYC Emergency Medical Service, then with the New York City Fire Department. Today, Chief Mirabile is assigned to the New York City Police Department’s Elite K-9 Unit. He and his partner, K-9 ‘Roscoe’ are frequently seen at Emergency Incidents both in NYC and Garden City Park.
First Assistant Chief Timothy Nacewicz
Chief Nacewicz is a second generation member of the department. Following in the footsteps of his father, and older brother, he has been a member of the Garden City Park Fire Department since 2002. As a child, he was always in the firehouse with his father. Having grown up in the firehouse, he had a head start on his training, as he had been exposed to the fire service for over 25 years. Since joining the department in 2002, Chief Nacewicz has served in Merillon Engine Company No. 2 for 9 years and was elected to hold the ranks of Lieutenant and Captain for 6 of those years.
Throughout Chief Nacewicz’s career as a volunteer Firefighter he has attained multiple certifications from the Emergency Management Institute as well as the Nassau County Fire Service Academy. Chief Nacewicz has also been trained as a New York State Emergency Medical Technician and continues to hold certifications in Basic Cardiac Life Support from the American Heart Association.
Chief Nacewicz has been a life-long resident of Garden City Park, where he graduated from New Hyde Park Memorial High School. He also works in his family business which is based in Garden City Park. Chief Nacewicz recently purchased a house in the community where he and his high school sweetheart plan to live after their wedding.
Second Assistant Chief Michael Magas
Chief Michael Magas Engine Company Four In March of 2003 Chief Magas was sworn into Engine Company Four of the Garden City Park Fire Department as a probationary firefighter. The following evening, he was awarded as a member of Troop 544, Scouting’s most prestigious and coveted award, that of Eagle Scout. He follows in his older brother and father’s footsteps as a member of Engine Company Four. Chief Magas rose through the ranks of his company and served as a Lieutenant and Captain combined seven years. He is also an Emergency Medical Technician and a member of the Department’s Rescue Squad. In 2012 Chief Magas was awarded the Nassau County Medal of Valor and the Departments Chief Thomas V. Regan Medal of Valor for his efforts in the rescue of an unconscious, trapped firefighter. Chief Magas is a lifelong member of the community and a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset and St. Johns University. Today, Chief Magas proudly serves as a New York City Police Officer assigned to the 101st Precinct in the Far Rockaway Section of Queens.
Third Assistant Chief Mathew Flood
Chief Flood became a member of the Department in 2000, when he joined Merillon Engine Company 2. He later joined the Department’s Rescue Company 5. Chief Flood has previously held the positions of Engine and Rescue Company Lieutenant and Captain.
Throughout Chief Flood’s career as a volunteer Firefighter he has attained multiple certifications from EMS Training Agencies as well as the Nassau County Fire Service Academy. Chief Flood has also been trained as a New York State Emergency Medical Technician/Critical Care and continues provide advanced medical care responding with the Department’s Ambulances and first response vehicles.