As captain of the Larchmont Fire Department, John Caparelli has a lot on his plate, including managing personnel, equipment and community outreach. The 50-year-old West Harrison resident transferred to Larchmont in 1994 after having his twin daughters Shawn and Olivia, 17. A few years later, Natalie, 13, was born. When he isn't fighting fires, Caparelli loves to hunt, golf and spend time with his family. Caparelli talked to The Daily Larchmont about his job and the Larchmont Fire Department.
What challenges does the Larchmont Fire Department face?
Limited manpower, from both career and volunteer firefighters, is stressing all departments to their limit and any additional help is welcome.
How involved are you in responding to fires?
I play an active part in the initial response to all alarms in the Village of Larchmont on a daily basis.
What is the most difficult part of your job?
The most difficult part of my job as a career Captain here in Larchmont is running the day-to-day operations of the department. I manage both the career and volunteer personnel, payroll, budgeting, and community events, as well as the maintenance of the apparatus and equipment. It gets to be a lot on my plate at times but with the cooperation of the career and volunteer personnel it has been manageable.
What is it like working in Larchmont?
The Village of Larchmont has been a pleasure to work for over the last 17 years. The people I work with are second to none and the opportunity to provide the residents with fire and medical services has been both enjoyable and rewarding. I feel I am truly blessed to work in such a field where every day you get to make a difference in someone's life and love doing it.
Are there any upcoming events being held at the Larchmont Fire Department?
The Larchmont Fire Department's next big event is the Ragamuffin Parade on October 29th. We have our regular monthly drills scheduled for July 26, August 23 and September 27. The next one most likely will be a Tower Ladder training session at the Chatsworth Avenue School.
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