AUGUST 9-11, 2019

A Focus on Recruitment and Retention - We Teach, We Train, We Serve Together


FASNY invites you to join us at the 147th annual Convention as we turn our special attention to recruitment and retention. This “Focus on Recruitment and Retention” is a promise from FASNY to first responders who now more than ever need the support of New York State’s largest volunteer firefighter organization. This theme will be a big part of the overall message at the largest gathering of volunteer firefighters in the State as you’ll hear from a variety of presenters during our Educational Sessions. These seminars and a special roundtable discussion return with an emphasis on the most critical issues facing the fire service today.

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Dr. Denis Onieal
Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator
Opening Session

Dr. Denis Onieal is the Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator for the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). He was named to this position in May 2015. He is responsible for managing the U.S. Fire Administration and the programs and training activities at the National Emergency Training Center.

He joined the Jersey City Fire Department in 1971 and rose through the ranks from firefighter to Deputy Chief, then acting Chief in 1995, leading a uniformed force of 620 firefighters and officers. He spent his entire time “in the street” as a line fire officer.

Dr. Onieal was appointed Superintendent of the National Fire Academy (NFA) in 1995. He completed a bachelor's of science degree from New Jersey City University in 1976, a master’s degree in public administration from Fairleigh (FAIR´-lee) Dickinson University in 1978, and a Doctor of Education degree from New York University (NYU) in 1990. He taught in the master and doctorate programs in education at NYU for five years and has written numerous articles in the fire field.

Dr. Onieal led USFA’s team at the World Trade Center in 2001, working behind the scenes to help the New York City Fire Department re-establish systems of command, control and on-site communications. In 2005, he was sent to Atlanta, Georgia, to lead the in-processing, training and dispatch of 4,000 firefighters to assist in the response to Hurricane Katrina.

In March 2015, Dr. Onieal was awarded the James O. Page EMS Achievement Award from the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ EMS Section. This award honors those who demonstrate professionalism, a drive for excellence, and exemplary performance and leadership.

In April 2015, the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) awarded Dr. Onieal the CFSI/Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award. The award recognizes individuals who are proactive at the local, state and federal government levels to improve and advance fire/emergency services and life safety issues.

From January 2017 through August 2017, Dr. Onieal served as Acting U.S. Fire Administrator.


Chief Bobby Halton
Editor in Chief of Fire Engineering Magazine
The Responsibilities of the Company Officer


Dr. Candice McDonald
Success Up
Breaking Through Recruitment and Retention Challenges


Ex-Chief Robert Fling
Dix Hills Fire Department (Long Island)
Every Fire Is a Hazmat


Past Chief George Zayas
Rockland County (New York) Deputy Fire Coordinator
Active Shooter for Fire and EMS: An Integrated Response