(Albany, New York – August 21, 2014) – Robert (Bob) McConville, veteran Suffolk County Fire Official and EMT, was installed as President of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), at its 142nd Annual Convention at The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Albany, NY on August 22.
Among the many issues that the newly-elected FASNY President will work on during his tenure, and that have an impact on New York’s volunteer first responders and the communities they serve, are initiatives addressing firefighters’ and other first responders’ health and wellness, life safety training and evolving developments in fire safety education.
In addition to many posts he’s held since first volunteering at the St. James Volunteer Fire Department in 1968, Bob is a past president of three area fire-related organizations: the Southern New York Volunteer Firemen’s Association, the Suffolk County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, and the Suffolk County Volunteer Fire Departments’ Emerald Society. Bob has served the community as an EMT for 25 years and is a 32-year member of the Selden Fire Department.
As a member of Selden Fire Department’s Dixon Engine Co 3, Bob served as Company Treasurer and Company Secretary, and in 1990-91, as Captain. He is an active member in the New York State, Suffolk County, and Brookhaven Town Drill Team Captains Associations and is an ex-Captain and original charter member of Selden’s “Slow-Pokes” Drill Team.
Proving the adage, “If you need something done, give it to a busy person” – Bob was elected Selden Fire District Commissioner, for a five-year term in 2009. McConville, a resident of Selden since 1980, served as General Chairman of the FASNY convention in 1999, when Suffolk County hosted the convention, and again in 2010.
Bob and his wife Virginia retired from careers as civilian employees of the Suffolk County Police Department – Bob with the Quartermaster Section and Virginia with the Central Records Section. Virginia currently serves as the President of the Sons of Italy In America Andrea Doria Lodge # 2201 in Selden and is a Past President of the Selden Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
Bob has continued to serve as a Trustee on the board of the Brookhaven Volunteer Firefighters Museum for more than two decades and acts as the Museum’s Treasurer.
When not donating his time and energy to these organizations, FASNY’s new President finds other venues for sharing fire-safety messages. At a recent Coram elementary school career day, Bob’s 9-year-old granddaughter Juliana and her schoolmates from 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades were introduced to future opportunities in the volunteer fire service. In his presentation, McConville stressed the importance of taking care of one another and said it’s never too early for youngsters to learn about responsibility.
Mr. McConville commented, “I am looking forward to continuing and also implementing new initiatives to help FASNY members be the well-trained, well-prepared and healthy volunteers that New Yorkers have grown to depend upon for the protection of their lives and property. Our volunteer first responders are an important asset to all our neighborhoods and FASNY supports our communities when we support our volunteers.”
Founded in 1872, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) represents the interests of the more than 92,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel in New York State. For more information, visit www.fasny.com.