New chief overseeing construction of second Myakka fire station


MYAKKA CITY -- Fire commissioners took a step toward new leadership last week when they added Battalion Capt. Danny Cacchiotti's name to the district's bank accounts and other documents.

Cacchiotti was named fire chief in February after Chief Bobby Dodge announced he was retiring to open a family business in Ocala. Cacchiotti's new role is official April 1.

The 49-year-old sat comfortably at the head of the conference table last week as he updated the Myakka Fire Commission about district expenditures, which are $184,653 for the fiscal year that began in October.

One of Cacchiotti's short- term goals is overseeing the completion of a second fire station in the 230-square-mile district.

The 5,878-square-foot fire station will be at the southwest corner of Verna Road and State Road 70 and includes space for offices, a bunk area and two bays for fire engines.

Cacchiotti told commissioners the site work was almost done with only the pipes and driveway left to install. The builder is waiting for permits from Manatee County to start construction.

The $150,000 station is expected to be complete within five to six months, Cacchiotti said. It will be staffed with two full-time employees, including himself, and volunteers. The district has five full-time employees and 10 volunteers.

Originally from Rhode Island, Cacchiotti moved to Myakka City in 1988. He ran a trucking business when he met Dodge. The two became fast friends as their children played Little League baseball.

Dodge encouraged Cacchiotti to volunteer for the Myakka City fire department. He joined as a volunteer in 1995 and five years later was promoted to a paid staff position. After two more years, he became battalion chief, the district's second-in-command.

His wife, Darlene, is a volunteer firefighter/EMT for Myakka City and a secretary for the Braden River Fire District.

Last modified: March 24. 2005 6:23AM

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