Stafford County Administrator Thomas C. Foley proudly announces the hiring of Joseph A. Cardello as the County’s next Chief of Fire and Emergency Medical Services. Cardello comes to Stafford from the Prince George’s County, Maryland Fire/EMS Department where he is a Deputy Fire Chief and has more than 28 years of fire service experience.
“Joe has extensive experience at the command staff level in Prince George’s County, a combined volunteer/career Fire/EMS department. Our Board of Supervisors wanted a candidate who would strengthen the bond between our volunteer and career members as we move forward in meeting the needs of a population that continues to expand,” Foley said. “Joe stood out among candidates with his strong fire/ems management experience, progressive attitude and his educational background.”
“I know the Board of Supervisors is pleased that we have found such a qualified candidate to lead our Fire and Rescue Department,” said Meg Bohmke, Chairman of Stafford County Board of Supervisors. “We need a Chief that will continue our commitment to the community by providing the highest level of fire/rescue services. Cardello clearly has the ability to meet those needs.”
Staff conducted a national search to fill the chief’s position after current Stafford Fire and Rescue Chief Mark Lockhart announced he was retiring from Stafford County at the end of April after seven years of service to the county and more than 35 years in the fire and rescue field. Cardello’s first day as Chief will be May 1, 2018.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to lead a dynamic department such as Stafford Fire and Rescue and help it to grow and change along with the differing needs of the population,” said Cardello. “I have also heard great things about Stafford County and my family and I look forward to becoming a part of the community.”
The Prince George’s County, Maryland Fire/EMS Department has 45 fire stations, more than 800 career and 1,000 volunteer personnel and responds to more than 145,000 calls for service annually. Cardello came up through the ranks in Prince George’s, starting as a firefighter in 1989, working his way up to Battalion Chief in 2009, Assistant Fire Chief in 2013 and Deputy Fire Chief in 2016. He received the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department’s Bronze Medal of Valor in 2004 and numerous other letters of commendations and citations.
Cardello holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland in Fire Science, with a Minor in Emergency Management. He completed the Paramedic Program at Anne Arundel Community College, an Associate’s Degree Program, and has since been certified by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians as a paramedic. He is currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership at Johns Hopkins University.