Kenneth Pienkowski, of the Taunton Volunteer Fire Department in Onondaga County has been elected 1st Vice President of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY). Pienkowski was recently elected at FASNY’s 142nd Annual Convention, which took place at the Desmond Hotel in Albany.
With nearly fifty years of firefighting experience under his belt at various ranks, Pienkowski stresses the values of leadership, training, and fire ground awareness. He will serve as FASNY’s second highest ranking official.
“I look forward to serving in this new role and continuing to work for the benefit of the members of FASNY and the volunteer emergency services as a whole,” said Pienkowski. “The men and women who serve as volunteers across this state put themselves on the line, without pay, to protect their fellow New Yorkers; and FASNY works hard to protect them. This is an honor, and a responsibility that we take very seriously.”
First Vice President Pienkowski joined the Taunton Volunteer Fire Department in 1967 and worked his way up through the ranks, eventually serving as fire chief in 1977. He served as president to the Onondaga County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Onondaga County Fire Chiefs Association and the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs. With FASNY, he served on the Membership and Fire Chiefs committees before being elected to the Board of Directors in 2006. Ken also served as Vice President to the FASNY Real Estate Holding Company, where he presently serves as a director. He also serves as a director on the FASNY Foundation Board. Ken is currently Chairman of the FASNY Insurance Committee and Convention and Exhibits Committee.
Ken is an alumnus of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland; past President of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (2002-’03); and past director and key committee member of the Eastern Division of the International Fire Association of Fire Chiefs (2003-’07).
Ken is a retired member of the United Auto Workers Union. Since retirement, Ken has been an insurance professional, while continuing his involvement in community affairs. In his private life, he has been happily married to his wife Barbara since 1979. They have two children, James and Jennifer; and two grandchildren Griffin and Cooper.