Louis Venezia was sworn in as Bloomfield’s Fire Chief last night in the Bloomfield Council Chambers, filling a vacancy left earlier this year when Chief Joseph McCarthy retired. Venezia has been with the department 19 years. Five other Fire Department Personnel were promoted and seven new Police Officers were sworn in.
“I was born and raised in Bloomfield so I deeply care for this community. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as Fire Chief, where I will devote all of my energy to maintaining and improving our already successful programs, develop new initiatives and improve efficiency through more training and better equipment,” said Chief Venezia. “Hard work from our members helped our Township receive a Class 2 ISO ranking earlier this year, but I will always look for more ways to improve public safety. I would like to thank all of my past officers and chiefs for teaching me so much, and empowering me to be a successful leader.”
Chief Venezia joined the Bloomfield Fire Department in 1999. He was promoted to Captain in 2009 and Deputy Chief in 2014. He received several certifications in recent years, including: NJ Division of Fire and Safety Fire Officer Level 2, Instructor Level 2, IMS Level 3, Stockton College Executive Leadership for Fire Service Officers, Blue Card Incident Commander Certification and Certified Public Manager from Rutgers University.
During the ceremony, several other Bloomfield Fire Department personnel were sworn in to new positions. Thomas Wilson was formally appointed to the position of Fire Official, and Martin Kaczmarczyk and Robert Griffin were named Fire Captains. Robert Barra and Brian McDade were appointed Deputy Fire Chiefs.
Seven new Police Officers were sworn in to the Bloomfield Police Department, as well, all of whom graduated the Essex County Police Academy last month. The new officers are Rana Khalid, Joseph Manley, Jacky Chan, Roger Petroche, Brian DiMarco, Matthew Mazzolla and Joseph Lembo.
“Louis Venezia has proven himself a great leader and organizer. I have discussed plans to improve Bloomfield’s already stellar EMS response system with Chief Venezia, and am excited to be working with someone so dedicated to the safety of Bloomfield residents,” said Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio. “To our new Police Officers, I would like to say congratulations. You have all proved yourselves in the academy, and I welcome you to the Bloomfield Police Department, where I am sure you will devote yourselves fully to public service in a department that has your back.”
“Each year, the fire department responds to about 3,700 calls of fires, rescues, car accidents and other emergencies. There are currently 78 full-time firemen and 20 volunteer on staff. These invaluable members of our team need strong, forward-thinking leadership, and I know from experience my brother Lou will provide that,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “Under the leadership of Director DeMaio, we have seen a consistent decrease in crime, and specifically violent crime, over the past three years. Hiring new police officers is key to our efforts to continue striving to make our community safer and better. I wish these men the best of luck, and thank them all for their professionalism and service.”