Department Staff

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Fire Science Staff

Walter Nugent: Chairperson
Deputy Chief Walter Nugent is a career fire officer with the Township of Maplewood Fire Department in Essex County NJ and a Fire Marshal in Chatham Borough NJ. Walter started his career in the fire service as a volunteer joining the North Arlington Fire Department in 1986 and was hired as a career firefighter in Maplewood in 1994. Walter was promoted to Captain in 2003 and Deputy Chief in 2007. Walter earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Kean University in 2003, a Bachelor of Fire Science degree from New Jersey City University in 1998, and a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Kean University in 1991. Walter holds multiple fire service and construction inspection licenses/certifications with the state of NJ. Water is also certified with the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) as a Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) and certified with the National Association of Fire Instigators (NAFI) as a certified fire and explosion investigator (CFEI), conducting fire investigations for a private investigation company.

Anthony Avillo: Adjunct Professor
A 30 year veteran, Deputy Chief (Ret.) in North Hudson Regional (NJ) Fire & Rescue, assigned as 1st Platoon Regional Tour Commander. Chief Avillo has a B.S. in Fire Science from New Jersey City University. He is an instructor at the Bergen County (NJ) and Monmouth County (NJ) Fire Academies. Avillo, an FDIC instructor, is a member of the FDIC advisory board and is an editorial advisor to Fire Engineering Magazine. He is the author of Fireground Strategies, 2nd edition (Pennwell 2008) and Fireground Strategies Workbook Volume II (Pennwell, 2010). Anthony is a contributing author of the Fire Engineering Firefighters Handbook (Pennwell 2009) and will be co-author of the Fire Engineering Firefighters Handbook Study Guide (Pennwell 2010). Avillo also has a monthly column on Firenuggets.com called The Bigger Picture.

Michael Hurley: Adjunct Professor
Professor Hurley is retired from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey with 34 years' experience. A majority of his career was spent at the World Trade Center, where he was the World Trade Center Fire Director, responsible for fire and emergency management activities. Professor Hurley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in fire science and a Master's degree in public administration. He regularly instructs classes and lectures on fire and emergency management related topics to a variety of private organizations, government agencies and military units. He also serves with the US Air Force Chief of Staff Civic Leadership Team. During his career, Professor Hurley has been formally commended on various occasions. Most notably he has been awarded medals for valor and heroism for his actions during the 1993 terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center and the attacks of September 11, 2001. He is also the recipient of the NJCU Distinguished Alumni Award and a member of the FDNY Honorary Fire Officers Association.

Kenneth Jenks: Adjunct Professor
Lt. Kenneth Jenks is a career fire officer with the City of Summit Fire Department in Union County New Jersey. Ken started his career in the fire service as a volunteer with the Summit Fire Dept. in 1997 and was hired as a career firefighter in Summit in 2004. Ken was then promoted to Lieutenant in 2012. Ken earned a Master of Administrative Science degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2014, a Bachelor of Fire Science degree from New Jersey City University in 2011, and an Associate of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1993. He is also a Fire Instructor at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy since 2014.

Vincent Vitiello: Adjunct Professor
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Chief Vitiello retired from a career with the Township of Maplewood Fire Department in Essex County NJ. He was also the Fire Administrator for the Lakewood Fire District #1, Lakewood, NJ from 2016 – 2019. Prof. Vitiello received a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Safety Administration from Jersey City State College (NJCU) and a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from William Paterson College.  He earned an MPA from Kean University and a Master’s of Social Work from Fordham University. Prof. Vitiello holds various state and national level certifications in the emergency services profession.  He has authored articles that have been posted on Fire Engineering’s website and in their magazines.  Prof. Vitiello also co-developed and presented a seminar at FDIC entitled “Human Dynamics of Selling Your Fire Inspection”.

Keith Weaver: Adjunct Professor
Chief Weaver has been with the Bayonne Fire Department since 1990, and is the Chief of the Dept. Prof. Weaver received both a bachelor's degree in Fire Science and a master's degree in Criminal Justice from New Jersey City University. He also holds a certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Homeland Security Specialization from North Central University. Prof. Weaver's extensive background includes but limited to: being a NJ State Arson Investigator, Train the Trainer, certified EMT and Fire Instructor Level 1.

Jordan Zaretsky: Adjunct Professor
B.C. Zaretsky has been with the Teaneck Fire Department since September 1994; becoming a Battalion Chief with the fire department in 2013. He has also maintained his EMT certification for more than 20 years. Prof. Zaretsky received his Bachelor's degree in marketing from Trenton State College in 1989 and his Master's degree in administration and supervision from Montclair State University in 2004 and has taken fire science courses at New Jersey City University. Besides being busy with the fire department and instructing at NJCU, Prof. Zaretsky is a certified flight instructor in single and multi-engine aircraft. He also makes Angel Flights. Angel Flight is a volunteer organization whose mission is to "arrange free air transportation for any legitimate, charitable, medically related need”. Each pilot donates their time, airplane and operating expenses to every mission they fly.

Anna Scanniello: Administrative Assistant
Ms. Scanniello brings to the Fire Science department over 25 years of administrative experience. She received her B.S. degree from York College of Pennsylvania in 1982 and a Master's of Public Administration from Kean College in 1988. Her career began at the Summit YWCA, in Summit, NJ where she was the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Director. Then in 1990 she was hired by the Millburn Police Department as a Police Officer. Then as valedictorian, she graduated from the Jersey City Police Academy, Class #57. In 1993 she left the police department to raise her children. As her children grew, Ms. Scanniello began working full time holding both Associate Director and Director positions throughout the YMCA primarily in the areas of Safety and Aquatics. Ms. Scanniello is also an Adjunct Professor for the department.

Edward Campbell: Lead Instructor
Mr. Campbell is a retired Captain with the Jersey City Fire Department; with more than 25 years of fire service experience. Prior to being appointed to the Jersey City FD, Mr. Campbell served time in the U.S. Air Force. He attended St. Peter's College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the National Fire Academy. He is a licensed Fire Inspector, Fire Official and Fire Service Instructor. During his career with JCFD, he was Commander of the Fire Prevention Bureau and Commander of the Community Relations Bureau. Mr. Campbell has also held such positions as: the first minority recruiter for the JCFD; coordinator, administrator and lead instructor for the Jersey City High School Police and Fire Science Program; instructor for the Jersey City Fire Training Academy.

Richard Burroughs: Instructor
Mr. Burroughs is a retired Lieutenant with the Bayonne Fire Department. Prior to being appointed to the Bayonne FD, Mr. Burroughs served time in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Turkey. Mr. Burroughs attended both Jersey City State College and St. Peter's College, and holds several fire service certifications. Mr. Burroughs was also the Board Chairman/Director of Communications for The Lighthouse Foundation; a non-profit organization dealing with at-risk children from 7 to 18 years of age.

Henry Sisbarro: Adjunct Professor
B.C. Henry Sisbarro is a career fire officer with the Township of Union Fire Department. Henry started his emergency services career in the spring of 1997, volunteering at Callmen’s Emergency Medical Unit. Henry quickly found his passion for emergency services and joined the Union Fire Department late in 1997 as a volunteer. Hired as a career fire fighter in 2000, Henry was promoted to Lieutenant in 2006, Captain in 2010, and Battalion Chief in 2017. Henry is also a NJ State certified Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic and a New Jersey Licensed Registered Nurse. Henry earned his Master of Emergency Services Management from Columbia Southern University, a Bachelor of Fire Science degree from New Jersey City University with honors, and an Associate of Nursing degree from Excelsior College. Currently assigned as a tour commander, Henry has previously served as the Union Fire Departments EMS Division and Training Division Officer. Henry also instructs multiple medical disciplines at Newark Beth Israel Hospital and is a Level 2 State fire instructor.