FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Odell Welcomes Carmel Chief as EMS Deputy Commissioner


MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001

April 1, 2013

Odell Welcomes Carmel Chief as EMS Deputy Commissioner

A lifelong Carmel resident with more than 30 years of experience in the field of fire and emergency services, an educational background in science and technology and a degree in Organizational Leadership from Marist College and who served in logistics at the Pier 92 command center after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, was chosen today to be Deputy Commissioner, Bureau of Emergency Services of Putnam County.

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell joined Adam B. Stiebeling, Commissioner of Emergency Service, at the Training & Operations Building on the Donald B. Smith Campus on Old Route 6 in Carmel this morning to welcome the New Deputy Commissioner. 

“It is with great pleasure that I announce the selection of Carmel Fire Department Chief Robert A. Lipton as Putnam’s new Deputy Commissioner, Bureau of Emergency Services,” said Stiebeling.

As a past fire chief himself, Stiebeling said he served with Lipton during the recovery response after the 9/11 attacks. “Over the past 12 years I have come to know Bob as a leader in the emergency services field.  I know he will bring organizational leadership to the mission of the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services.”

During her tour of meetings with each of the fire department chiefs and assistant chiefs, Odell came to understand what they were hoping the new deputy commissioner would bring to the Bureau of Emergency Services position.

“I can’t think of a better more qualified person for the job. Bob will certainly be an asset to the Bureau and a great mentor for Adam,” Odell said. 

Lipton began his career in emergency services with the Carmel Volunteer Ambulance Corps in 1984. He is a past captain and life member of the CVAC as well as a certified EMT lab instructor and American Red Cross CPR instructor.

Lipton joined the CFD in 1992 and is a life member. He served as assistant chief officer from 2001-2003 and again from 2009-1010. He is presently their chief officer, a position he also held from 2004 to 2006.

While sat CFD, Lipton was instrumental in acquiring three new engines. Through various grants from IBM where Lipton is employed as a senior technician in development, he helped the CFD acquire computer equipment. Today, Lipton is responsible for all fire prevention and education programs including the CFD Open House, Wendy’s and McDonalds Safety Days and fire education programs at local schools.  

Lipton is a Carmel High School graduate. He received his Associate of Applied Science degree from Dutchess Community College before attending and graduating from Marist College. He is a certified CNC specialist and has attended courses in building and sprinkler construction and hazardous materials management. 

While at IBM, Lipton received their Presidential Volunteer Service Award from 2005 through 2011 when he was presented with the PVSA Lifetime Achievement. 

“I look forward to a long association with Bob as we once again work together for the protection and safety of the residents of Putnam County,” said Stiebeling.

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