“It’s time to make sure you do your best to make what is required of you, and train,” new Elmont Fire Department Chief Brian Schriefer said at his swearing-in ceremony. “Train to make a difference for not only your neighbors, but for your fellow firefighters.”
At the 86th EFD installation and dinner April 26, at Antun’s in Queens Village, Schriefer, 34, preached unity and brotherhood with many of his family members — some of whom are also part of the department — by his side. His older brother Robert, 39, is the department’s new first assistant chief.
Edward Dailey is the new second assistant chief, and Ronald Conti, the new third assistant chief. Schriefer replaces Domenic Francavilla, who completed the customary one-year term.
The ceremony also honored veteran Vincent Focazio Sr., of Engine 3, for 55 years of service. And Schriefer paid tribute to longtime EFD treasurer Jack Mildner, who died last year, for being a mentor to all chiefs who came before him. Then, addressing the department, he expressed confidence that it would carry on Mildner’s legacy as well as its dedication to firefighting.
“I believe we have the right guys to get it done,” Schriefer said, “and I believe you’re going to make it happen.”