Steven Januszkiewicz, a member of the 1995 graduating class, briefly attended NYIT for radio and television production. During his sophomore, year Steven was told that jobs in this field were hard to obtain so he decided to follow his true passion, a career in public safety and emergency services. Steven attended the Stony Brook University Paramedic program where he graduated at the top of his class as a nationally registered EMT-Paramedic. He quickly gained invaluable experience responding to 911 emergency calls and also worked as an inter-facility critical care transport paramedic. In 2001, Steven accepted a position working as an Emergency Services Dispatcher for the Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services where he was trained to take incoming 911 calls for fire or EMS related incidents, provide emergency instructions over the phone, and dispatch the proper agencies for response. Currently, he is a communications supervisor for the department, responsible for the Suffolk County Fire Rescue 911 dispatch center overseeing the incoming emergency calls and the subsequent dispatch of the 109 fire departments and 27 EMS agencies throughout Suffolk County. He is also a member of the county’s Hazardous Materials DECON Response Team and is responsible for training others on the Mobile Command/Communications Vehicle and Mobile Ambulance Bus. Steven also acts as the communications leader for the Suffolk County Urban Search and Rescue Task Force. During large-scale incidents or significant weather-related events, he can be found working as part of the emergency management team in the county’s Emergency Operations Center. In addition, Steven continues to work as a 911 Paramedic First Responder for the Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance Association and the Centereach Fire District. Steven has also worked for various other emergency medical service agencies across Suffolk County including Stony Brook University Hospital EMS.
Steven’s passion for emergency services and community service began well before graduating high school. He joined the Mastic Junior Fire Department in 1990 and became a full member of the department by the end of 1994. Through in-house training and classes at the Suffolk County Fire Academy, he received numerous certifications in many different aspects of the fire service. On the fateful day of September 11, 2001, Steven, like everyone else, was horrified by the transpiring events. After hearing the tragic news, he immediately responded to the firehouse, where within hours he along with numerous other members loaded a rescue truck with equipment and responded to lower Manhattan to assist in the initial rescue efforts at what was to become known as Ground Zero. Steven uses his experiences and the knowledge he has gained to help mentor both youth explorers and newer members of the department as they learn to become firefighters. In 2009, Steven was honored as Mastic Fire Department’s Firefighter of the Year. He is currently a Lieutenant in the department and has continuously served the William Floyd community for the past 23 years. Steven is also a past volunteer member of both the Mastic and Mastic Beach Ambulance companies. He credits Mr. Richard Perlmutter, his high school health teacher and a former EMT, for piquing his interest in the emergency medical field.
Giving back to the community where he was raised is something that Steven prides himself in. He meets with various community groups throughout the year and frequently visits many of the elementary and pre-schools within the district to teach fire safety and prevention. Twice a year, Steven returns to William Floyd High School to visit the health classes for the fire safety presentations and also uses this time to promote the Fire/EMS service with the hopes that current students will be interested in serving their community as well. He is an American Heart Association CPR/First Aid Instructor, conducting several classes each year for both first responders and members of the community. Steven was recently certified through the American College of Surgeons to teach bleeding control to civilians and has started teaching this important skill to community members and school teachers throughout Suffolk County. Steven also spends many hours mentoring EMS students in and out of the classroom. He is a skills evaluator for Suffolk County EMS, helping to certify new EMTs and Paramedics as they train to provide emergency care for the citizens of the county and continually provide many advanced life support providers as they complete their field training as well.
Steven lives in Shirley with his wife Lynn, and three children, Anthony, Angelina, and Arianna. He enjoys spending time with his family and takes an active role in his children’s education, attending many school events with them throughout the year. Steven credits their love and support for his motivation and continued dedication to the William Floyd community.