Syska new Ass’t. Chief at Longwood FD


Mike Syska is now Assistant Chief of Longwood Fire Company.

EAST MARLBOROUGh — Mike Syska has been promoted from captain to assistant chief of Longwood Fire Company, the company announced Monday.

“Mike continues to advance in leadership positions at Longwood Fire Company,” said Chief A. J. McCarthy. “He has earned his promotion. He’s an excellent fireman who takes on responsibilities and succeeds.”

Syska has been an officer at Longwood eight of his 11 years at the fire company.

As assistant chief, Syska said is looking forward to the new challenges. “This will be a new experience for me,” Syska said. “I’m taking on more administrative duties.”

Syska will be responsible for the running of the junior firefighters program. “I will have to make sure Longwood is adhering to all of the regulations. Also, it is my responsibility to make sure all of the equipment is in proper working order. We have fine line officers who work with me to make sure Longwood is always ready to serve the community whenever needed.

“I like to give back to the community through service with Longwood. The same goes for everyone connected with the fire company.”

Syska, who lives in Birmingham, said while in high school some of his friends were affiliated with Longwood and he believed he could be of assistance. “I went to Penn State for information technology but I discovered what I liked was the fire company and being an EMT. I then took nursing classes.”

Longwood Fire Company has served the communities of Kennett, East Marlborough, Pennsbury and Pocopson townships since 1921. Longwood Fire Company provides fire and rescue and emergency medical services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information see

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