Chief of the Department - CFD Car 1

Chief - Robert Favara Car 1



1st Assistant Chief -  Michael Phillips (Car 2)



2nd Assistant Chief - Mark Thomas  (Car 3)


Our history is a long, proud one! 

Department Officers

The Chester Fire Department (CFD) is made up of 3 fire companies and proudly serves the Chester, New York Community within the Chester Fire District.

CFD is a member of the Orange County Mutual Aid System, in Battalion 9, along with Goshen Fire Department and Campbell Hall Fire Department.

In 1893 Walton Engine & Hose Company was formed. They were for all intents and purposes the Department until 1955 when Sugar Loaf Engine Company was organized.

The following year 1956, the Chester Fire Department became Official and has been serving the Chester Fire District for over 50 years.

As the years went by, our community grew and so did the need for greater firefighting capabilities. In 1973 Trout Brook Engine & Hose Company was established on the "South Side" of our large fire district.

Robert Rainey - Safety Officer
Tony Donato - Health & Safety Officer
Fire Police Captain - Jean Schmid
Communications Officer - Chris Carney
Training Officer - Tom Basso

Department Civil Officers

President Steve Zoutman
Sec/Treasurer Dave Knapp

The Board of Fire Commissioners

The Chester, NY Fire District consists of seven publicly-elected officials, the Board of Fire Commissioners, each of whom serves a five year term. Much like the volunteer firefighters they work with, they are not paid to serve as Commissioners. It is their responsibility to provide the necessary apparatus, buildings and equipment needed to assist the Chester Fire Department in the fire and rescue activities that are essential for the protection of life and property within the Chester Fire District. It is also their responsibility to operate the Chester Fire District in accordance with the laws of the State of New York.

District Fire Commissioners

Chairman - William Murray Co-Chairman Jack Deshler
David Neaverth Spencer Effron
Paul Quirke Jon Gifford
Robert Salzberg
The board meets on a monthly basis, to oversee the operation of the Fire District and to make policies and procedures under which the Fire District, the Fire Department, and the Walton Engine & Hose Company, the Sugar Loaf Engine Company and the Trout Brook Engine & Hose Company operate.

They remain keenly aware of the fiduciary responsibility they hold in representing the taxpayers within the Fire District.

As Commissioners, they are mandated to follow a strict formula in preparing the budget in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, including specified spending limits. Their process is a public one, and they welcome the input of the residents and taxpayers we represent in the Chester Fire District.



The information listed for the Chester Fire District and the Board of Fire Commissioners is for informational purposes only.

This is not an Official or Approved Website of the Chester Fire District.


Public Meeting are First Monday of each month 7:00 pm at District Office on Kings Highway in Sugar Loaf NY.

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