Frank Zeller was named chief of the volunteer fire company after being chosen by fire company members. He previously was first assistant chief.
Members also promoted Nicole Shields to captain of the emergency medical services division. She was previously first lieutenant. Doug Fenichel was elected president of the firefighters' association, which handles the business affairs of the fire company. Fenichel, who also is an assistant engineer, has been an EMS officer and a trustee.
Zeller, a plumber, has been a firefighter for 34 years. He joined the Randolph Fire Department when he was 18. In 1992, he moved to Flanders and joined the fire company here. He became an assistant engineer and moved up through the ranks of the department, serving at every level.
In 1998, Zeller was among firefighters who responded to a house fire on Raymar Street. Although smoke and flames were billowing from the house, Zeller and Firefighter Iain Thomlinson entered the stricture and pulled the unconscious occupant to safety. Zeller and Thomlinson received medals of valor from the Morris County 200 Club for their efforts.
Other officers for 2013 include Scott Faluotico, first assistant chief; Mike McDermott, second assistant chief; Kevin Elms, captain; Patrick Piserchio, first lieutenant; and David Leahy, second lieutenant.
Ms Shields will assume command of the department's EMS division. A registered nurse, she has been an emergency medical technician for 17 years. Other EMS officers include Bruce Gallagher, first lieutenant, and Mayra Garcia and Cindy Zeller, second lieutenants.
Fenichel is a paramedic and a public relations executive. Other association officers include Joe Abrusci, vice president; Jeanine Anglum, secretary; Kevin Dolan, treasurer; Tano Giacchino, assistant treasurer; Tom Puder, personel officer; and Bruce Gallagher, assistant personnel officer. In addition, Fred Detoro, Sr., Scott Faluotico and Stan Rastiello will serve as trustees.
The new officers will be sworn in Jan. 26 at an installation ceremony.
The Flanders Fire Company and Rescue Squad No. 1 provides fire protection and emergency medical services to residents and businesses in Flanders and, through mutual aid, surrounding towns. It is made up of about 50 members, all of whom receive training in fire suppression, rescue, hazardous materials response, homeland security issues and emergency medical services. The fire company operates two fire engines, one tower truck, one heavy rescue, a brush-and-foam truck, two ambulances, a multiple-casualty unit and a mass decontamination unit.
In addition, the fire company offers public education services including lectures, demonstrations, training and a trailer that safely simulates a smoke-filled home. For information about membership, donations or public education, call (973) 584-7805 or click on www.flandersfire.org.