Written by Betsy Abraham Friday, 24 May 2013 00:00
Doug Ingram was recently named the new chief of the Westbury Fire Department.
Ingram grew up in Old Westbury and graduated from Westbury High School in 1974. After graduating, he joined the Navy where he spent two years stationed in Italy. When he was honorably discharged in 1979, he joined the Westbury fire department and has been involved there ever since.
“I’ve always wanted to help the community and do the best I could,” Ingram says. “I enjoy public safety. It’s not always a high-paying position, but it’s fulfilling and you get to help the community and people.”
Ingram is also a retired New York City Police sergeant, and between his 33 years in the fire department, and time in the police department and military, he has seen a lot of action.
There’s not really much I haven’t seen in the way of emergencies that take place,” Ingram says. “There’s bad, but there’s also been a lot of good where people help each other.”
Ingram says the Westbury Fire Department is one of the best in the country and he is honored to be the department’s 34th chief.
“In the life of a fireman, this is the carrot. You work hard for the community and when you become chief you get to sit there and run things you’ve done all your life,” Ingram says. “It’s a nice feeling to know the firemen who elected you have faith in you and put you in that position.”
In addition to his work as chief of the fire department, Ingram also teaches around the country about hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction with Texas Engineering Extension Services, a subdivision of Texas A&M. He and his wife Karen will have been married 30 years this October and have three sons, two in the fire department and one in college. Ingram replaces Patrick Cody as chief.