Brian started in Lyncourt when as a RAM when he was still in high school and has been in the department for the last 21 years. He has previously held positions as a Lieutenant, Captin and has been in the Chiefs Line for the last 6 years. Brian has been the Chief of Fire for the last 3 years and secretary for the last 2 years. Brian is a legacy member, both his father and his uncle were FDNY fireman. His father later joined Lyncourt and was a member for 44 years. His oldest brother was a member of Lyncourt is currently a member in East Syracuse. Brian feels that firefighting is in his blood and enjoys helping people. His favorite part of being in the department is the brotherhood/sisterhood of the fire service. He also loves being able to help out his fellow neighbors. “Living the ‘neighbors helping neighbors’ aspect of the job is what keeps me here. What volunteer service allows you to wake up at all hours of the night on someones worse minutes of their life; and you to be the person that they can’t wait to see to lend them a helping hand without pay, without question, just the simple helping hand that they need 24/7, 365 days a year.”~(B.Shields) Brian has been happily married to his wife, Kassandra, for the last 18 years. Together they have three beautiful sons; Tyler, Joshua, and Patrick. Brian served 20 years in the military service; 10 years on active duty and 10 years on reserve. He is currently a Sergeant First Class and Infantry Drill Sergeant.