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Chief Of Department

Timothy Nacewicz

Merillon Engine Company Two   

    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.  

First Assistant Chief

Michael Magas

Engine Company Four

 

    First Assistant Chief Michael Magas joined 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, Boy Scouts of America's most prestigious and coveted award, that of Eagle Scoutâ. He follows in his older brother and fathers 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 Departmentâs 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 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.

 

Second Assistant Chief

Matthew Q. Flood

Merillon Engine Company Two

 

 

 

Third Assistant Chief

Salju Thomas

Truck One

Assistant Chief Sal Thomas joined the Department in 2008 as a member of Truck Company One. Before joining the Department Assistant Chief Thomas spent almost 10 years in the United States Marine Corps. He was deployed to Iraq 2004-2005 and served in Baghdad and Fallujah. Assistant Chief Thomas served as 2nd Lt in 2011 and 2012. He served as 1st Lt. in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, Assistant Chief Thomas served as the Captain for Truck Company One. In 2016, Assistant Chief Thomas was elected to Third Assistant Chief.

 

Chief's Aide

Mathew George

North Hills Express Engine Company 4

Chiefs Aide M. George has been a member of the Garden City Park Fire Department since December 2013 and has been an active member of Engine Company 4. Chiefs Aide George has been proactive in many different aspects of the department since he has joined. He was able to finish all schools and training's required to be a class A firefighter within the first couple months of joining and since been a vital member in helping get the Engine out for calls and also the ambulance out for rescue calls. He was awarded one of the top responders for the year 2014. Currently he serves as one of the lead advisors for the GCPFD Juniors and teaches possible future recruits the knowledge needed to be a step ahead when transitioning from a junior to a member of fire or rescue in the department. He takes an active role in getting involved in numerous Department and Company committees. Outside of the department, he is an active youth leader in his home church and currently a student studying Criminal Justice with expectations of going into law enforcement. Chiefs Aide George will always continue to attend various trainings offered. His reason being is that there will always be a new lesson to be learned. There are new skills always to attain. There are always new things to teach and pass on to help better other members. " In your life you only get to do so many things and right now we’ve chosen to do this, so let’s make it great. "-Steve Jobs