The officers and members of E231/L120/B44 congratulate Battalion Chief Dimartino on his retirement after 30+ years of exemplary service to the city of New York.
Chief Dimartino served in some of the busiest neighborhoods the city had to offer and had a tremendous amount of fire experience. These experiences made him an outstanding fire chief. During MUD (multi unit drill) the chief would focus on the basics, stretching and moving a hose line, masking up quickly, throwing portable ladders or the proper techniques when cutting a flat roof. When critiquing recent fires the chief would always bring it back to these basics, search techniques, communications and movement of the hose line.
The chief was made famous by a few phrases he frequently used on the Brooklyn frequency. He would “Give a double dialup to NYCHA and Nat Grid that the gas was shut down”, when transmitting the 10-75 “44 to Brooklyn, you know the box, you know the signal, the brothers are going to work”, and he would affectionately refer to leaving the borough as leaving the borough of fire or the motherland.
The chief had an old school mentality that will be missed on and off the fire scene. Congratulations on a tremendous career and good luck in retirement. You earned it.
“The Tradition Continues…