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Deputy Chief Gary Mogel
Fri. Jul 31st 2020
Congratulations to Deputy Chief Gary Mogel 
on retiring after 38 years of service to the city. 
Gary served as a volunteer firefighter with the Neversink Fire Company #3 beginning in 1982 following in the footsteps of his Father, Grandfather, and Uncles. Gary was then hired by the city on June 30th of 1988. After completing fire training, he was placed on the C platoon as a jumper firefighter. Firefighter Mogel would work on the "C" platoon until November of 1991 when he took an assignment with Ladder 1 on the "D". After 5 years with the Ladder, Mogel was promoted to Lieutenant on Rescue 1 with the same platoon. In August of 2002, Lt. Mogel was promoted to 2nd Deputy Chief on the D platoon. Mogel would command the shift for the next several years until February of 2011 when he was promoted to 1st Deputy Chief. After the departure of Fire Chief David Hollinger in 2013, Chief Mogel stepped in as the acting Fire Chief for the next year until the City appointed current Fire Chief William Stoudt Jr. Gary's father, retired Fire Chief Russel Mogel, remarked that this would be the first time in over 100 years that a Mogel has not been an active member of the department. Chief Russ is proud of the family's history in serving the community. 

The Chief's Last Night Shift

WFMZ 69 News Story

We asked Chief Mogel to take the time to answer a few questions about some of his experiences with the department. This is what he had to say:


Was there anything Apparatus/Tools/Equipment-wise during your career that you felt had a special need, operated quirky, or you felt was a potential problem.

Where do I start, back in the ice age I learned to drive the manual trans Macks, they carried much less water and had much less pumping capabilities than what was needed, even in the 1988 world as far as proper water to absorb the BTU’s being generated in todays fires. But we did have more modern rigs that were adequate. Nose bleed height hose beds aside.. The reintroduction of the smoothbore nozzle to the Dept was a big plus thanks to the full support of the current fire Chief, the personnel now have choices to better serve them depending on the fire conditions, location of the fire etc. 

I do have a biased opinion as you would imagine about the Seagrave L-1, and really do think the practicality and simplicity of not only its set up, but equipment set up is most practical for an urban setting. The visibility from a tillermans view is night and day compared to that of the larger 500 lb tipload aerial. Driving is something you do everyday. I’d buy one just like it for L-3. But thats not up to me anymore.



Tell us about any calls, incidents, or experiences that offer a lesson learned for other firefighters (especially new ones). I'm sure you could think of many things in your career, but just pick out one or two things that come to mind as being most important.

I will keep this one short. Try to learn all you can from the Urban firefighting program 101 coming out soon. Several firefighters are working on it to enhance the content. BUILD on it, ask a lot of questions and have good discussion on each slide.  Briefly saying, always report to work with your A game ! Stay focused from the time the alert tones are out, to the approach of the scene. Stay alert to radio traffic, ever changing scene conditions, etc… Be more proactive than reactive Always!!  Watch out for each other. 


Can you name something from the department that you feel we have lost over the years that might be good to bring back or recall? (procedure, policy, event, ceremony, etc)

I was glad to have a part in bringing back the awards committee and a designated day in October to recognize our personnel. It is a great chance to get everyone together for a great reason. recognition !

I really would love for the personnel to search deep within themselves and ask, do they really LOVE the job or just report to a job. It seems we as a brotherhood have become disconnected from the true love of the career as a firefighter. It’s REALLY the best job in the world !!! if you are there for the right reason. This is 24/7, not just when someone goes down and the class A’s come out, and all of a sudden we are brothers… 24/7 !!! 


Can you write one thing that you feel would be helpful to pass on to new firefighter that could help them stay healthy & safe throughout their career?

Eat healthy, work out, read firefighting books, and practice, practice, practice. Learn from others mistakes to recognize and prevent repeating them.

Thank you to all for all of your tireless efforts making my job easy. God Bless. 


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