City of Naperville Announces New Deputy and Division Fire Chiefs
Division Chief Andy Dina and Bureau Chief Amy Scheller Accept New Positions
The City of Naperville is pleased to announce that Andy Dina, Division Chief in the Naperville Fire Department, has been named Naperville's new Deputy Chief and Amy Scheller, Naperville Fire Bureau Chief of Support Services, has been named the new Fire Division Chief.
"Amongst all the amazing candidates that applied for the position, Andy and Amy have distinguished themselves with their leadership, vision and integrity," said Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis. "I have trusted both implicitly since I started with the City of Naperville. I have always been impressed by their dedication to the job, commitment to the safety of residents and fellow firefighters and their forward thinking. Andy will be a fantastic Deputy Chief and Amy will serve the role of Division Chief with honor."
Reporting to the Fire Chief, the principal duties and responsibilities of the Deputy Fire Chief include direct supervision of 10 Captains and one Customer Service Assistant, and indirect responsibility for approximately 200 employees; oversight of the preparation, administration and monitoring of the department and program budgets; and representing the Fire Department as the liaison to the Board of Fire and Police and the Naperville Fire Protection District.
Dina started with the Naperville Fire Department in 1989 as a Firefighter/Paramedic after beginning his career with the Broadview (IL) Fire Department in 1986. He rose steadily through the ranks to Division Chief, a position in which he has served since 2015. Dina has spearheaded the implementation of the City's PulsePoint Respond app, Community AED Project, Rescue Vehicle Program, Health Safety Officer (HSO) position, Tactical EMS team and much more.
"I am honored to accept the position as Deputy Chief for the City of Naperville Fire Department. I have had the pleasure of working for this highly respected organization for over 27 years, and have raised my family in this great city as well," Dina said. "In my new capacity I will assist the Fire Chief in setting department goals to continue providing the best service possible to the citizens of Naperville, and will ensure that our personnel have a great working environment and the resources available to complete their jobs in the safest, most efficient manner."
Also reporting to the Fire Chief, the Division Chief provides direction and supervision of the three major divisions of the Fire Department, including EMS, Training and Support Services. The Division Chief directly supervises three or four employees and performs a variety of administrative and managerial duties for the department. This person also serves as the Accreditation Manager for the Fire Department.
Scheller has been with the Naperville Fire Department since 1998 and has a Master's Degree in Public Safety Administration, is a Designated Fire Officer per the Commission on Professional Credentialing and has been accepted into the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program. She was responsible for the deployment of the power cot and load system to improve patient care and reduce firefighter injuries, implemented a streamlined data transfer system to reduce ambulance downtime and assisted with the PulsePoint Respond rollout.
"I am extremely honored to have been selected as Division Chief. I look forward to working to identify opportunities to streamline processes and make improvements to our reporting methods and data systems as well as continue to support collaborative efforts with other city departments moving into 2017," Scheller said. "I will continue to encourage a strong team environment in which members feel safe to challenge themselves, create positive energy and step outside of their comfort zone."
About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.