Deputy Chief Hardy is a 16 year veteran in the Fire Service since 1995. He has held the positions of Safety Officer, Lieutenant, Captain, Batallion Chief, and currently Deputy Chief. He served 11 years at Station 1 and the remainder at Station 2. He oversees roughly 60 volunteer firefighters. Derek is working on an Associated Degree in Fire Protection and is employed by the Gates Fire District full time as a Dispatcher/Laborer. He also holds may NYS Fire Training Certifications as well. Derek lives in Gates, with his wife Jamie and three children, Jayda, Alivia and Angelo.