Anthony Agresta was sworn in by Mayor Michael Cinquanti as the new chief of the Amsterdam Fire Department at a ceremony at city hall on Tuesday. Agresta took over the position from Michael Whitty who has retired after serving as chief since 2014.
In a press release issued on January 30, Cinquanti wrote, “Anthony’s leadership skills and his passion for all aspects of the firefighting profession make him an excellent choice for the chief’s position.”
“Mr. Agresta will bring his diverse experience in emergency management, disaster planning, preparedness, and recovery to his new leadership role,” he added.
In the same release, Agresta wrote, “I’m very honored for this opportunity to lead the outstanding members of the Amsterdam Fire Department. I’m grateful to Mayor Cinquanti for the appointment and looking forward to getting to work. I thank Chief Whitty for his years of service and wish him all the best in his retirement.”
Agresta joined the department in 2001, serving as a firefighter, then lieutenant, and most recently as a battalion chief. He is certified as a paramedic, and holds a multitude of certifications in areas such as codes, hazardous materials, arson awareness, search and rescue, and accident victim extraction.