From the City of Apopka Public Information Office
Apopka Fire Chief Chuck Carnesale will be honored by the local Boy Scouts of America at a special Golden Eagle Dinner at 7 p.m. May 1st at Highland Manor.
Carnesale was promoted to Fire Chief in June 2016. He served as assistant fire chief since 2013, heading up the fire department’s emergency medical and ambulance services. He is certified as a firefighter, EMT/paramedic, fire officer, fire inspector and instructor in various fields.
He joined the Apopka Fire Department’s Explorer program in 1983 at the age of 13. He graduated from Lake Brantley High School in 1989 – the same year he completed the fire academy/ EMT school and earned a part-time job with Apopka as an emergency dispatcher/911 operator.
Carnesale earned a full-time position the next year, and by 1990 he was hired as a full-time firefighter/EMT. In the year 2000, he was recognized by then Gov. Jeb Bush as Apopka’s Firefighter of the Year.
He was promoted to engineer in 2001, lieutenant in 2005, captain and EMS coordinator in 2006 and assistant fire chief in 2013. Carnesale attended Seminole State and Valencia colleges, Florida State Fire College and the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD.
Carnesale has supported the Boy Scouts and assisted with several of their community improvement projects in recent years.