Andrew E. Pilecki of Pendleton was reelected to the board of directors of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York during FASNY’s 148th annual convention, which was held virtually Aug. 22, due to COVID-19. He previously served on the board of directors last year and has now been elected to a five-year term.
Pilecki is a seasoned veteran of the fire service, having spent 39 years as a member of the Columbia Hook and Ladder Co., serving as president, lieutenant, trustee and recording secretary. Currently, he is an active responder with the Wendelville Volunteer Fire Co., where he has volunteered since 2003. In WVFD, he has been a past first assistant chief, past second assistant chief, past third assistant chief, past captain, and past lieutenant. He previously served as the assistant director of Emergency Management for the City of North Tonawanda.
Pilecki’s goals for his five-year term have shifted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That said, he aims to help guide the fire department out of this unprecedented situation, serve as a resource to help with all difficulties brought on by the pandemic, and support recruitment and retention efforts through COVID-19.
Pilecki is an active member of FASNY, serving on the association's Firefighter of the Year committee since 2010, as chairman of the sectional communications committee, on the awards committee and in leadership roles with the FASNY Federal Credit Union.
Pilecki is a member of the North Tonawanda Volunteer Firemen’s Association, the North Tonawanda Volunteer Firemen’s Benevolent Association and is a past president of the Niagara County Volunteer Firemen’s Association; a past president of the Western New York Firemen’s Association, a member of the Niagara County Fire Chiefs Association, a life-member of the Northern Central Firemen’s Association, a member of Southwestern Firemen’s Association and a member of the New York State Fire Chief’s Association.
“I am excited for the work FASNY and I will be able to achieve in the coming five years,” Pilecki said. “Serving as the Western New York-area liaison to chiefs, departments, leadership and presidents, I will work to make sure these critical members are heard, and have the tools necessary to succeed.”
In addition to his fire service activities, he is also an active member of his community. He is the past co-chairman of Canal Fest of the Tonawanda’s parade, a parade judge with the New York State Parade Judges Association – Western Division, a past den leader of Boy Scout Troop 582, a member of Madonna Council of the Knights of Columbus, and a fourth-degree member of the Trinity Assembly of the Knights of Columbus.
Pilecki and his wife of 32 years, Marian, have a daughter, and two sons, both of whom are active firefighters. The Pileckis are self-employed, very active in their parish community at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, and enjoy living in Pendleton.
Founded in 1872, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York represents the interests of 85,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel in New York. For more information, visit www.fasny.com.