David Donnarumma has been named the new chief of North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue, the fire department that covers all of northern Hudson County.
Donnarumma and three others were promoted in ceremony Tuesday at Waterside Restaurant and Catering in North Bergen. Aside from the new chief, who was promoted from deputy chief, Glen Gavin was promoted from captain to battalion chief, and firefighters Gary Colombo and Kevin Todd were promoted to captain.
“I’m not looking to reinvent the wheel, my goal is to merely improve upon it,” Donnarumma said. “I swear to all the great men and women serving under me that I am as committed to your safety as I am that of our residents. My colleagues and I will be devoted to researching and investing in the best possible equipment, strategies, and systems to make your jobs as easy and safe as possible.”
Donnarumma began his NHRFR career in 1992 and rose through the ranks before being promoted to battalion chief in 2007 and deputy chief in 2012. He attended North Bergen High School and graduated from New Jersey City University cumma laude. His brother Michael recently retired from the fire department as a captain after 32 years of service.
Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco, North Bergen Commissioner Julio Marenco, West New York Mayor Gabriel Rodgriguez, NHRFR board members John Haberman, Anthony Vainieri, Martin Martinetti, Jose Munoz, and Co-Executive Directors Jeff Welz and Michael DeOrio, attended the event along with proud family members of the firefighters.
”I am immensely proud of our department and grateful to these men for their consistent level of expertise, professionalism, and commitment to serving their community throughout their careers,” said Turner, chairman of NHRFR’s Management Committee.
“Congratulations to all the members of our department being promoted, as each of them have done outstanding work and truly earned this honor. I am confident and feel secure knowing that we have a tremendous group of leaders in place who will guide the next generation of firefighters into the future.”
Award-winning and nationally recognized, the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue is one of the largest regionalized fire departments in the United States. It covers the North Hudson municipalities of Guttenberg, North Bergen, Union City, Weehawken and West New York.