Following the well-deserved retirement of long-time New Rochelle Fire Chief Raymond “Doc” Kiernan, City Manager Chuck Strome has chosen to promote Deputy Chief Louis M. DiMeglio to head the New Rochelle Fire Department.

From the City’s press release:

Deputy Chief DiMeglio is a 38-year veteran of the New Rochelle Fire Department, having risen through the ranks from his appointment as a probationary firefighter in 1973 to Fire Lieutenant in 1982 and Fire Captain in 1989. In 1996 he became Code Enforcement Officer, overseeing inspection and approvals of fire protection systems in new construction on project such as Costco, Home Depot, New Roc City, Avalon I and II and Trump Towers. In May 2007, DiMeglio was promoted to Deputy Chief and assigned to Support Services, in charge of purchases and maintenance of apparatus as well as supervising the department’s Training and Safety divisions. DiMeglio was transferred to Active Fire Duty in 2009 as Shift Commander for 37-member shift and served as Incident Commander at emergencies.

In one sense, I don’t envy Lou DiMeglio, because Doc Kiernan is an impossible act to follow — a one-of-a-kind personality who was straight out of central casting as our Fire Chief. But Lou is certainly ready to roll, with the professional experience, community knowledge, and personal dedication to serve with great distinction. I am looking forward to working with him and wish him luck in his new position.