Brian F. McQueen is a retired volunteer Fire Chief of the Whitesboro Fire Department, Whitesboro, NY. He is a forty-year member of the volunteer service. McQueen is a retired public school educator spending most of his time as a Principal and a District Level School Administrator. Brian’s fire service history allowed him to become training in fire service leadership as well as becoming a Fire Instructor 1, Interior Firefighter, Apparatus Driver, Safety Officer and Public Fire Educator. McQueen served Oneida County as a Deputy Fire Coordinator (Car 271) whose position allowed him to develop and carry out the training of the fire service in Oneida County.
His local fire service tenure lead him to become active on the county and state level with the Oneida County Fire Chiefs Association, Oneida County Volunteer Firemen’s Association and the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) where he served 10 years as a Director. In November 2017, Brian was awarded the prestigious FASNY Golden Trumpet Award for his diligent work on occupational cancer in the fire service and his ability to work with state government officials in the passing of the state’s Volunteer Firefighter Cancer Law.
McQueen also is a member of the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) where he currently sits on the Executive Committee and is Co-Chairman of the Cancer Task Force for the NVFC. Brian represents the NVFC on the National Firefighter’s Cancer Alliance. Brian was instrumental in developing a working relationship with the IAFC-VCOS Cancer Committee in assisting in the development of the Lavender Ribbon Report that was introduced in FRI this past August.
What Brian is proud of is his battle with occupational cancer. In 2014, he was diagnosed with B-Cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma which his oncologist says was attributed to his work as a volunteer firefighter. It was then that he went back to his community, worked with other volunteer leadership, and created the Believe 271 Foundation Inc., a not for profit Foundation developed to assist volunteer firefighters and their families who are battling cancer and life-threatening illnesses.
Mr. McQueen holds two degrees from the Daemen College and the State University of Cortland in Elementary Education and School District Leadership.
He currently resides in Whitesboro, NY with his wife Sarah. He has one son, Ryan, and his wife Erin.