David Donzella

last updated 2/8/2018

David Donzella

Fire Chief at Lighthouse Point

Location:
2436 N FEDERAL HIGHWAY 411, Pompano Beach, Florida, United States
HQ Phone:
(954) 782-5647

General Information

Experience

Assistant Fire Chief - City of Pembroke Pines

Affiliations

Assistant Fire Chief - Pembroke Lakes Mall

Recent News  

Points of Contention | | Lighthouse Point Magazine

IN A FACT-FINDING EFFORT TO EXAMINE THESE ISSUES IN DEPTH, LIGHTHOUSE POINT MAGAZINE SPOKE WITH SEVERAL PAST AND PRESENT CITY COMMISSIONERS, POLICE CHIEF ROSS LICATA, FIRE CHIEF DAVID DONZELLA AND FORMER MAYOR FRED SCHORR.
According to Lighthouse Point Fire Chief David Donzella, home gas delivery is a dangerous proposition. Gasoline, he says, is more flammable and volatile, has higher vapor release, and has more static electricity conveyance and a lower ignition point than other petroleum products. To deliver gasoline to homes in a small tanker, there is no additional licensing required beyond a truck driver's license, which chief Donzella says is a safety risk. He said he would request an additional two fire fighters per shift to properly protect the city against the increased risk. The Lighthouse Point fire department currently only employees 24 people, which are divided into three shifts. Six people are on duty per shift. Each shift is 24-hours long (8am to pm). The shifts are on a 3-day rotation cycle, where each team of six firefighters works one 24-hour shift, followed by 2 consecutive days (48 hours) off duty. "We're very limited in staffing," said Chief Donzella. "Of course we call mutual aid for more personnel but that's not always guaranteed. Pompano Beach helps us out greatly but they also run 28,000 calls a year and their units are tied up most of the time. So, you can't just depend on big brother to bail us out." In addition to increased staff, Chief Donzella said he would need to purchase more fire-fighting foam products. "Foam is not cheap," he said. "It runs around $200 for a five-gallon pail, and you would need a lot of it when you're dealing with boats that are generally made of fiberglass." Chief Donzalla estimates the city would need around 25 gallons of foam for a single boat fire (about $1000). The Fire Department currently keeps 30 gallons of foam on hand. Chief Donzella also said he has concerns about the environmental impact of a boat-fire. "When diesel or gasoline is liberated into the water way, it is a huge cleanup issue," he said. "I've been in the fire rescue business in this county for 37 years, and I have never seen a more restrictive budget than working here in Lighthouse Point," said Fire Chief Donzella.

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Fire Station Gets Makeover Thanks to Designing Spaces, ICMA-RC and Community Sponsors | ICMA-RC

For a behind-the-scenes look at the fire station's exciting transformation, watch this video created by ICMA-RC on the set of Designing Spaces featuring David Donzella, the Lighthouse Point fire chief; Yolanda Flores, Lighthouse Point's ICMA-RC Retirement Plan Specialist and ICMA-RC's Catherine Leggett.

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Lighthouse Point News

David Donzella, the interim Fire Chief, has been appointed as the new Fire Chief for the City of Lighthouse Point.
David came out of retirement about a year ago and took the position as the City began to look for the best candidate to run the fire department. Seems they didn't have to look far. Donzella's goal is to be able to respond in all EMT and Fire Department services within three minutes of the call. He also organized the first city-wide health fair that will continue to grow and be a major asset to residents. Congratulations David!

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