David Deskis was recently appointed Granby’s new Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Director. A Connecticut native, he graduated from Tolland High School and then attended Capitol Community College, finishing his degree after enlisting in the Air Force.
Deskis served in the United States Air Force Reserve Forces from 1993-2014, reaching the rank of Master Sergeant. He was deployed to the Middle East, Europe and South America, as well as here in the United States. His awards include the Air Force Meritorious Service medal, the Air Force Commendation medal and the Air Force Achievement medal.
Following his Air Force service, Deskis served as an Airport Crash Rescue Captain for the Connecticut Military Department at Bradley International Airport from 1996–2016. At the base, where he was a shift manager, he was also the Operations Chief for the fire prevention program and worked in the Emergency Management Office during special events and emergency situations. While at Bradley, he received the Governor’s Service Award and the State of Connecticut Team Work Award.
From 2016–2018, Deskis served as Fire Chief at the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, managing a staff of 28 full-time employees who respond to an average of 1,500 calls per year and conduct over 3,000 annual fire inspections. In addition, he served as the Fire Marshal, Director of Emergency Management and assisted in grant applications.
Along the way, he has served as Deputy Fire Marshal in East Granby and was a firefighter/emergency medical technician and fire inspector for Somers. He currently serves as a Volunteer Fire Lieutenant for the North Thompsonville Fire Department. He lives in Enfield, and when he’s not working, he enjoys hunting and watching sports.
Having received several job offers, Deskis chose Granby because it seemed a good fit for his interest in fire prevention, especially educating school children about its importance. He looks forward to meeting the 90 hours of continuing education (attained over three years) required in the State of Connecticut, learning new, brushing up on the old.
In addition to his new job, Deskis will be getting married in July.