Fire Chief's Message
CHIEF BRIAN TWEEN
It is a great honor to serve as Fire Chief of the Eastchester Fire District. I started my tenure with the Eastchester Fire District as a volunteer firefighter with the Union Corners Engine and Hose #4 at the Chester Heights firehouse in April of 1984. I became a Career Firefighter in February of 1992, and have risen through the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain, and was promoted to Fire Chief in April of 2017.
I am proud of the technology upgrade projects that have been implemented in recent years. Our radios have been upgraded, the radio tie lines to our dispatchers at the Westchester County Department of Emergency services are now on fiber optic cables, computers have been installed in each firehouse so reports can be filed digitally, and tablets have been installed in each fire truck for location and fire hydrant mapping.
The fleet of vehicles have also been updated in recent years. Three fire engine pumpers were purchased in 2019, replacing twenty-year-old pumpers, and a ladder truck was purchased in 2020 to replace an 18-year-old truck, which is now used as a spare, replacing a 30-year-old spare ladder truck.
The Officers and Firefighters have shown their dedication to the residents of the Fire District time and again at emergency incidents, but I am extremely proud of their efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic. Since the pandemic began, our responses to emergency medical incidents have risen from about 35 percent of our incidents to about 50 percent of our incidents. The Officers and Firefighters along with EVAC and the local Police Departments have met the challenges presented by the pandemic through their dedication and commitment to serving the residents.
I look forward to working with the Board of Fire Commissioners, the Fire Officers, and Firefighters to continue to move the Fire District forward.
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