AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: ANTHONY L. AVILLOAnthony L. Avillo is a career Deputy Chief with North Hudson (NJ) Regional Fire & Rescue.
In addition to North Hudson Fire, Avillo is also involved in the fire service in other ways.
He teaches at the Bergen County (NJ) Fire Academy (BCFA) and FDIC, and is also a partner in Study Group, Inc., a business that helps firefighters and officers of career departments prepare for promotional exams.
Wallingford, Ct., Battalion Chief Jim Duffy (left) drove down to West New York after getting off work to wish his buddy, North Hudson Deputy Chief Anthony Avillo, best wishes during his retirement lunch at Squad 1's quarters.
North Hudson Deputy chief Anthony Avillo spent his last day on the job as commander of the 1st Platoon on February 26th.After 30-years, first with the former Weehawken Fire Department, and then as part of the North Hudson Regional department that was established in 1999, the deputy chief has retired from front-line duty.Avillo has a long list of credentials including a B.S. Degree in Fire Science from New Jersey City University, a Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) instructor and member of the FDIC advisory board and the editorial advisory board of Fire Engineering magazine, as well as an instructor at the Bergen County Fire Academy (1990-2013) and the Monmouth County Fire Academy (2011-present).
As a youth, Avillo lived on 16th Street in Union City, just up the block from Fire Headquarters.
He remembers the new and big Snorkel apparatus that was assigned to Truck Co. 1. â€œIt was the coolest thing I ever saw,â€� he said.
At the time, however, he did not aspire to become a firefighter.
His family later moved to North Bergen.
He was home from college and took the Civil Service test for firefighter because â€œall my friends took it.â€� There were no applications left in North Bergen, so his cousin told him to pick one up in Weehawken, and, also apply for the Weehawken job.
He was appointed to the Weehawken F.D. in 1984.
He served as captain of Truck 2 before being promoted to battalion chief.When the five North Hudson fire departments merged into NHRFR, he was chief in the first and second battalions before his promotion to deputy chief.
â€œThere is no other job on the face of the earth in which there is such a commitment and dedication to what some outsiders may see as 'just a job,'â€� he said. â€œI have many countless friends on this job,â€� he continued. â€œIt is family.â€�
Additional contributions to the national Fire Service include authoring â€œFireground Strategies 2nd edition and the 3rd edition that is due out in April.
He also authored â€œFireground Strategiesâ€� workbooks, Volume I and II.
He is a contributing author to Fire Engineering's Handbook for Firefighter I and II and is co-author of the study guides.
In 2012 he was the recipient of Fire Engineering's ISFSI George D. Post Fire Instructor of the Year Award.
He is currently working on a new book with retired North Hudson Chief Ed Flood on leadership.
In addition, Avillo and Wallingford, Ct., Battalion Chief Jim Duffy host a monthly radio show on the Fire Engineering Blog Talk radio called â€œFireground Strategies and Other Stuff from the Street.
During his last tour, firefighters-active and retired, and friends met at Squad Co. 1's quarters to wish Avillo well in his upcoming active retirement.
Companies from throughout the region took turns stopping by, and a retirement plaque was presented to the 1st Platoon chief by his fellow members.In a surprise appearance, B.C. Duffy drove down from Connecticut, after getting off work at 11 a.m. from a â€œjobâ€� in his town, to wish his co-radio host and friend the best.
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Anthony Avillo, a 24 year veteran, is a Deputy Chief in North Hudson Regional (NJ) Fire & Rescue, assigned as Regional Tour Commander of the 1st Platoon.Chief Avillo has a B.S. in Fire Science from New Jersey City University and is pursuing a Master's Degree in Educational Technology.He is an instructor at the Bergen County (NJ) and Monmouth County (NJ) Fire Academies.Avillo, an FDIC instructor, is also an editorial advisor and contributing editor to Fire Engineering Magazine.He is the author of Fireground Strategies (Pennwell 2002) and Fireground Strategies Workbook (Pennwell 2003).
ANTHONY AVILLO, a 25-year veteran of the fire service, is a deputy chief in North Hudson Regional (NJ) Fire & Rescue, assigned as 1st Platoon regional tour commander.He has a B.S. in fire science from New Jersey City University and is an instructor at the Bergen County (N.J.) and Monmouth County (N.J.) Fire Academies.Avillo is a member of the FDIC advisory board and the Fire Engineering editorial advisory board.He is the author of Fireground Strategies, 2nd edition (Pennwell, 2008) and Fireground Strategies Workbook Volume II (Pennwell, 2009).
He is a contributing author to Fire Engineering's Handbook for Firefighter I and II (2009) and co-author of the Fire Engineering Firefighters Handbook Study Guide (Pennwell, 2009).He is author of the Bigger Picture monthly column on Firenuggets.com.
Lt. Ricci is a contributing author to the Firefighters Handbook I & II (PennWell 2008) for the Safety and Survival chapter, written with Anthony Avillo and John Woron.
Anthony Avillo: Retired Deputy Chief, North Hudson (NJ) Regional Fire and Rescue; Author of Fireground Strategies; FDIC Instructor; Monmouth County Fire Instructor; Executive Advisory Board and Editorial Advisor for Fire Engineering Magazine.
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