I have been a proud member of this outstanding ISO Class 1 fire department for over 33 years and I still feel as excited and lucky to be here today as I did on my very first day many years ago when I joined this agency as an explorer scout at the age of 13
As Fire Chief, I have the privilege to serve a great community I love and work alongside some of the most talented individuals in the Fire Service.
The Apopka Fire Department is ranked among the best in the country because of the agency's dedicated service to our community. We have more than 80 firefighters and staff members.
The department includes four fire stations and 30 vehicles across the city. Construction soon will begin on the fifth fire station.
I have watched time and again members of our Fire Department perform heroic deeds and monumental acts of kindness and compassion. The Apopka Fire Department is fortunate to have some of the most talented individuals in the Fire & EMS community.
We value the history and tradition of the Apopka Fire Department, an organization built upon the strong shoulders of our past leadership, without them we could not tackle the challenges of the future.
In closing, our promise to the community of Apopka is that we will strive to maintain our level of legendary customer service and will always be prepared to respond to your needs day or night with professionalism, compassion, and respect regardless of the situation you may find yourself in.
Thank you for taking the time to become familiar with us and welcome to Apopka!
About the Fire Chief
Chief Carnesale joined the Apopka Fire Department’s explorer program in 1983 at the age of 13. He graduated from Lake Brantley High School in 1989 – the same year he completed the fire academy/ EMT school and earned a part-time job with Apopka as emergency dispatcher/911 operator.
Carnesale earned a full-time position the next year, and by 1990 he was hired as a full-time firefighter/EMT. In the year 2000, he was recognized by then Gov. Jeb Bush as Apopka’s Firefighter of the Year.
He was promoted to engineer in 2001, lieutenant in 2005, captain and EMS coordinator in 2006 and assistant fire chief in 2013. Carnesale attended Seminole State and Valencia colleges, Florida State Fire College and the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD.
He has served on several medical boards, and this year Orange County Medical Director Dr. George Ralls appointed him the Orange County EMS Advisory Council.
Carnesale was appointed as Apopka Fire Chief in June 2016.