He praised the "amazing team" he has to work with, "a team comprised of the most dedicated firefighters and officers anyone could ask for. A team of department heads that share the same goals and visions. A mayor who supports and stands behind her employees, advocating for their safety while appreciating their commitment to the Town of Hamden. A legislative council that is comprised of members of our community who represent our citizens on every level of the beauty of Hamden’s diversity.
"This is a team we all are proud to be a part of, a team that will succeed and face challenges together head on, knowing we have unity."
He reflected on the first day he walked into the fire house as a probie “anxious and excited to be part of something bigger” than himself. He stressed the importance of never forgetting where he came from. “I am forever grateful for so many who have helped, guided and mentored me along my career and life to be here today.”
He thanked his family, especially his parents, for “instilling morals and values that I hold so firmly to today.” He thanked his wife Carissa and his three boys for supporting him in all the endeavors he has taken on. And, finally, “I want to thank the firefighters, officers, and leaders that I have had the opportunity to work alongside."
Concluding his remarks, Chief Naples stressed, “The role of fire chief is not about ‘me,’ but the firefighters I work alongside of, the 60,000 plus citizens who call Hamden ‘home,’ and the thousands of commuters who travel through our town daily.
"It is [also about] returning everyone home to their families at the end of their tour and ensuring the safety of our community through a compassionate and professional response."
"I will represent the Town of Hamden in the most professional and responsive manner while continuing to remain humble and dedicated to our mission.”
The members of the Hamden Fire Retirees Association congratulate Chief Jeff Naples on his appointment and wish him a long and fulfilling tenure. And, to the best of your ability, "keep 'em safe, Chief!"