Quick Facts

  • Officers must be credentialed as Crew Chiefs and Drivers
  • Chiefs must meet various prerequisites to run for office
  • All Chiefs maintain a voting position on the BOD
  • The radio identifiers are 76(agency code) and the officer number (01-07). These identifiers are part of the county communications system.
  • Officers rotate on-call days so that there is always someone to respond to large scale incidents

Past Chiefs

  • 2015: Michael Keane / Ben Barone / Meir Berkman
  • 2014: Keith Chason / Mike Keane / Oliver Mizrahi
  • 2013: Devin Howell / Tristan Devine / Jon McMahon
  • 2012: Stephen Sculley / Brandon Azoulai / Devin Howell
  • 2011: Robert Cohen / Alex Nello / Pavel Antonov

Chiefs' Office

The Chiefs’ Office is composed of the three elected chiefs and up to four appointed line officers (two captains, two lieutenants). Each chief is elected for a term of one calendar year and each maintains specific duties. The chiefs maintain operational authority over the squad, and the line officers act under the authority of the chiefs to assist in daily operations.

Here’s a quick overview of the various positions and associated duties.

Past Chiefs
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Chief (7601)

The Chief is also the Executive Director of the Harpur’s Ferry Board of Directors and utilizes radio identifier 7601. The Chief maintains ultimate operational authority of the Agency. Other duties of the chief include oversight of all elections, oversight of staff activities, facilitation of director reviews, and management of liaison with other agencies. 7601 can be reached by email at executive@harpursferry.org

Stephen Baumgarten

1st Assistant Chief (7602)

The 1st Assistant Chief is also the Deputy Director of the Harpur’s Ferry Board of Directors and utilizes radio identifier 7602. The 1st Asst. Chief maintains ultimate operational authority of the Agency in the absence of the Cheif. Other duties of the 1st Asst. Chief include oversight of the administrative staff, maintenance of squad certifications and contracts, and service as the OSHA officer. 7602 can be reached by email at deputy@harpursferry.org

Samuel Engel

2nd Assistant Chief (7603)

The 2nd Assistant Chief is also known as the Operations Director and utilizes radio identifier 7603. The 2nd Asst. Chief maintains ultimate operational authority of the Agency in the absence of the Chief and Asst. Chief. Other duties of the 2nd Asst. Chief include oversight of the operational staff, coordination of standbys and events, and maintenance of agency facilities. 7603 can be reached by email at operations@harpursferry.org

Blake Topper

First Captain (7604)

7604 can be reached at captain04@harpursferry.org

Vacant

Second Captain (7605)

7605 can be reached at captain05@harpursferry.org

Vacant

First Lieutenant (7606)

7606 can be reached at lieutenant06@harpursferry.org 

Kendra Deschamps

Second Lieutenant (7607)

7607 can be reached at lieutenant07@harpursferry.org

Alexander Mandell