Fire Training

We are here to provide firefighters with the most current fire training available. We strive to provide a variety of courses to meet the needs of our departments. Our instructors have many years of experience as teachers as well as in the fire service and work to make classes informative and interesting.


Frank Day has been longtime resident of the village of Scotia. He has been a volunteer firefighter with Scotia Fire Department since 1978, 18 of those years he was an EMT and 7 of which he was their Assistant Chief.

Currently Frank is a supervisor with the Department of Defense and has over 29 years under his belt working for the Federal Government. He was also a Cause and Origin Fire Investigator for Schenectady County. His past employment includes 5 years with Mohawk Ambulance.

Frank Day has been a State Fire Instructor since 1993 and brings a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of the fire ground.

Frank can be reached by calling 374-2973

Scott Pike originally hails from Schenectady. His work has given him and his family the opportunity to travel all over the world, finally settling in Glenville. 
Scott comes to Schenectady County with over 25 years of firefighting. He started his career as a U.S. Marine Corp firefighter for 8 years and then as a Deputy Fire Chief with the Air National Guard for 6 years. He retired from the Air National Guard and is currently a civilian employee with Stratton Air Guard Fire Department with the title of Assistant Fire Chief. Scott is also past Fire Chief of East Glenville Volunteer Fire Department.
Scott has been a State Fire Instructor for Schenectady County since 1999. Prior to that he was the Deputy Fire Coordinator in charge of Training. 
Scott knows the ins and outs of the fireground and is always willing help people gain knowledge of all aspects of firefighting. 
Mike Denny was born and raised in Rotterdam graduating from Schalmont School District. He has been involved with the fire service since 1980, starting with So. Schenectady Fire Dept, as an active member until 1990. Starting in March of 1990, Mike became a career firefighter with the Schenectady Fire Dept. and has achieved the rank of Captain. He brings to Schenectady County a total of 29 yrs combined service between volunteer & career firefighting.
Mike was appointed as a State Fire Instructor in March 1999.  He has more than 10 years as a fire instructor and as a certified CIC/CLI instructor for EMS, CPR instructor trainer with American Heart Association.  Among other things, Mike is also a certified Paramedic and has been since 1987. He was a Guilderland Police / Paramedic Officer for a short 7 months, and he graduated from the Zone 5 Law Enforcement Academy. 
Mike's  whole career has revolved around the fields of public safety. He truly believes in the Fire/EMS services and all that it has to offer the communities of Schenectady.  
Dale Lingenfelter is our County Fire Instructor.

Dale grew up in the Watertown area of Northern New York, Graduating from Indian River High School in 1981 and going on to earn an Associates Degree in Electrical Engineering from SUNY @ Canton. After 8 years working in the electronics industry with Coleco and the General Electric Research & Development Center, Dale changed career directions and was hired by Niskayuna Fire District No. 1 as a Firefighter/Paramedic in 1990.

Up until that time, he had volunteered with the Evans Mills Fire Department near Watertown, NY since 1979, the Pleasant Square Fire Department near Gloversville, NY, and for 3 years before his career appointment with Niskayuna Fire District No. 1. In 1995 Dale was appointed as a Fire Lieutenant/Paramedic with Niskayuna FD 1 and has been the Municipal Training Officer there since 2001. Dale has also been a Technical Team Manager for the New York State Urban/Technical Search and Rescue Team since its inception in 1996. He also holds a Bachelors Degree in Fire Service Administration from Empire State College. On February 16, 2006, Dale became Chief of Niskayuna District 1.

Dale is currently is a New York State Academy/Regional Fire Instructor for the Special Services Bureau of the Office of Fire Prevention & Control. He joined our ranks as a Schenectady County Fire Instructor in 2005, and enjoys getting out and working with the firefighters of Schenectady County and his fellow instructors to help make our firefighters and communities even safer through training.

Dale is a resident of Niskayuna and lives there with his wife and two children.


Deb Gardner, originally from Baltimore, Maryland, has been living in Schenectady County for 12 years. Previously a member of Thomas Corners, she is currently a Lieutenant at Alplaus Fire Department. Since 1999, Deb has been in the Air National Guard at Stratton ANGB, and prior to that spent 14 years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps. Deb has been the Training Coordinator since 2009. She can be reached at 518-369-6554.

Josh Gioeli was born and raised in Schenectady. He graduated from Schenectady High School in 1995 and has been involved in the Fire Service since 1996, starting with the Grand Boulevard Fire Company in Niskayuna. On March 15, 1999, Josh was appointed to the Schenectady Fire Department as a firefighter. In 2000, Josh successfully completed his paramedic training and received his Hew York State – Department of Health Paramedic Certification. Josh is also a member of the Haz-mat Team where he serves as a Specialist.

Josh comes from a family of firefighters which include his bother, Guy a lieutenant with the Schenectady Fire Department and his father Frank, who retired as a Schenectady Deputy Chief. In 2005 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and appointed as a State Fire Instructor in 2007. 








Rick Manocchi
Deputy Coordinator, Training

Police Facility Building
130 Princetown Plaza
Schenectady, New York 12306


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