Throughout his years in service to the community Ex-Captain Nunziata has remained a dedicated family man. Carl and his wife Barbara raised their three children Carl Thomas, Michelle Lauren and Joseph Anthony in their Mineola home. Carl T. and Joseph would go on to follow in their father’s footsteps as they joined Truck Two. Carl Thomas would also serve as Captain of Truck Two before he accepted a career Firefighter position with the Prince William County Virginia Fire Rescue. Joseph continues to ride the rig along with his father. Service is a common thread in the Nunziata family. Barbara serves as a nurse at NYU-Winthrop and Michelle works in the veterinary care field.
Ex-Captain Nunziata continues to exemplify what it means to be a volunteer firefighter. He has consistently sought out additional training and worked to sharpen his skills as a firefighter. During his tenure he has completed specialized training including the Assistant Fire Inspectors course, Confined Space Rescue, Trench Rescue and Hazardous Materials Operations. He regularly attends trainings and works with the newer members to pass on his knowledge. When the run comes in at 3AM you can count on Carl to walk into the firehouse, gear up and get ready to go.
The Mineola Fire Department proudly presents Ex-Captain Carlo Nunziata as our 2019 Recipient of the Town of Hempstead Firematic Service Award.
Ex-Captain Carlo Nunziata has been involved with the Mineola Fire Department for over 40 Years. Carl spent three years in the Mineola Junior Fire Department program learning about the important role first responders serve in our community. He initially answered the call to service by becoming certified as an Emergency Medical Technician in 1979 and began volunteering with the Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps. In 1981 Carl sought membership in Mineola FD Truck Two but was placed on a waiting list. Rather than wait for an opening, Carl joined Engine Company Three and started his probationary training at the Elm Place Firehouse. This station is located alongside the Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps where he was already volunteering. In 1984 Carl transferred into Truck Company Two. During his 35 years of dedicated service in Truck Two he rose through the ranks of “The Workhorse Company” serving as lieutenant for four years before taking the helm as Captain from 2009-2011.
Undoubtedly, Carl’s experience with both the Mineola FD and Mineola Ambulance influenced his career choice. Carl joined The NYC Emergency Medical Service in 1981. He served as an EMT in Queens and Brooklyn before taking an assignment on the Mobile Emergency Response Vehicle (MERV). This specialized vehicle is deployed to Mass Casualty Incidents to provide triage to multiple aided and has the capacity to transport up to 6 patients. In 1996 Carl was promoted to Lieutenant and worked in the field supervising emergency incidents from aided cases to car accidents to major fires. In 2002 he came off the road and began his tenure as a supervisor in the Emergency Medical Dispatch center. In this capacity he would coordinate the intake of 911 calls and manage the dispatch of EMS resources to these calls for service. Carl retired from FDNY EMS in December of 2017.
Carl is one of a handful of volunteers who carried two pagers. Even as he answered the fire calls, he remained active in the Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Carl rose through the ranks to attain the ranks of Third Assistant, Second Assistant and First Assistant Chief. He was able to manage membership in these two volunteer emergency service organizations and that was just in his “off” time.
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