UNION, NJ – Surrounded by family, friends and Union firefighters, Union Fire Department Battalion Chief Gregory B. Ricciardi was promoted to Deputy Chief at the Township Committee meeting Tuesday night.

Ricciardi was appointed to the Union Fire Department on August 2, 1999.  He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2009, Captain in 2011, and Battalion Chief in 2017.

"I am honored and humbled to be promoted to the rank of Deputy," said Ricciardi.  "Twenty years ago, when I was sworn in as a probationary firefigher, I never dreamed that my career would take me to where I am today.  My only goal at that time was to one day get promoted to Captain because that's what my father was, and I wanted to follow in his footsteps."

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“I would like to congratulate Deputy Chief Ricciardi on a very well-deserved promotion,” said Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio.  “I’d also like to thank the administration and Township Committee for recognizing the need for this promotion to allow the Fire Department command structure to provide the best service to the township.”

During his career, said Township Committeeman Manuel Figueiredo, Ricciardi held multiple titles, including Safety and Compliance Officer, Training Officer, Communications Officer, and EMS Officer.

Ricciardi is certified as a New Jersey Level II Instructor, New Jersey Traffic Incident Management Trainor, guest instructor for TEEX Fire Fighting School, a UASI Neptune Task Force leader, and a New Jersey Emergency Manager.  He has numerous certifications from FEMA and New Jersey Incident Management System.  “As you can see,” said Figueiredo, “Greg’s been busy.”

Ricciardi serves as the township’s FEMA representative and is a deputy coordinator within the township’s Office of Emergency Management.  Ricciardi has been instrumental in applying for and receiving grant funds for the Fire Department.  “His administrative guidance and strength are a vital part of the day-to-day operations of the fire department,” said

Ricciardi received multiple firefighter unit awards for his service actions throughout his tenure, including Township of Union Employee of the Month.  He also received outside recognition as Firefighter of the Year from the Veteran’s Alliance Committee and Saint Barnabas Group Effort Valor Award.

Ricciardi follows in the footsteps of his late father retired Newark Fire Captain Benjamin Ricciardi, “continuing the tradition of your proud firefighting family.  Ricciardi is married to Dianna and they have two children.

“The Union Fire Department is one of the most respected Departments in the area,” said Ricciardi, “and I feel privileged to assist moving this Department into the future under the Command of Chief Scanio.  God Bless the Township of Union.”