While attending the 2013 New Jersey Weekend, at the National Fire Academy, I was able to sit down for an informative chat with the Superintendent. Dr. Denis Onieal and I go way back. Twenty-eight years to be exact. He has been a friend and mentor, for equally as long.
Back in the mid to late 80's, Dr Onieal and I worked on several projects for the Jersey City Fie Department, the State of New Jersey and the Federal Government.
He has always taken a practical and insightful approach, to every project or issue. His interpersonal skills are, what I think, the essence of his character; he cares about people.
Listen to our brief talk concerning Fire Officers and the future of the Fire Service, in general.