Manhasset-Lakeville elects, installs deputy chiefs

Bill San Antonio

Two deputy chiefs of the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department were promoted and a third was elected Thursday to fill a vacancy left by a deputy who recently resigned from his post.

Deputies Chris Pisani and Brian Stone will now serve as respective 2nd and 3rd deputy chiefs, and Craig Gobbo has been appointed 4th deputy chief in wake of the departure of former 2nd Deputy Chief Kirk Candan, the department announced.

The department did not disclose why Candan resigned. Efforts to reach Candan were unavailing.

Deputy chief positions are for one year, and chiefs move up one position each year until reaching chief of department.

Prior to being named chief of department, a chief will have typically served as 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th deputy.

To be eligible to run for a deputy chief position in the department-wide election, a firefighter must first rise to the rank of lieutenant and captain.

Scott Garrigan is currently the chief of department, while Mark Kiess is its 1st deputy chief. 

Elected 4th deputy chief in 2013, Candan has been a Manhasset-Lakeville firefighter since 2000 and is a New York City Fire Department lieutenant in the Bronx.

Pisani served as chief of department from April 2013 to April 2014, having been elected 4th deputy chief in 2009.

Upon completing his term as chief of department, Pisani was then re-elected 4th deputy chief.

Pisani has been a FDNY firefighter since 2001 and is a lieutenant in Queens.

Stone joined Manhasset-Lakeville in 1991 after five years with the Plainview Fire Department and was a lieutenant from 1996-2000 and from 2012-13.

Gobbo, also a lieutenant in Queens with the FDNY, joined Manhasset-Lakeville in 1993 and has served on its training, pump and drive and truck and building committees.

He is also an ex-president of the department’s ambulance unit.

The Manhasset-Lakeville Fire District serves Manhasset, Great Neck and parts of northern New Hyde Park.

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