FAIR LAWN, N.J. – How does putting out fires (literally) in one career help Salvatore Aliano do the same (figuratively) in another? According to the Hawthorne, N.J., resident, there exists a strong synergy between being a professional firefighter and EMT and currently specializing in emergency services design as an architect at The Ives Architecture Studio (TIAS) in Fair Lawn. Mr Aliano previously was with the IS&L Architecture Studio where Joel Ives, AIA was the senior partner.
“In the fire service, we are called out when people are in need of emergency services,” Aliano explained. “In architecture, our clients come to us when they are facing building challenges. We help them find the right solutions, and solve building and code issues- often during a critical moment in the design or construction process. I also like to call that process ‘putting out fires.'”
Aliano first became involved in emergency services in 2001, when he joined the Fair Lawn Volunteer Fire Department.
He recently became team leader for TIAS’s growing contingent of emergency services project work. Today, that sector has evolved into a main focus for the company, and Aliano is its foremost expert in fire inspection codes and safety analysis. His related projects while with the IS&L Architecture Studio of merit include North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue, Fair Lawn Fire Company 1, and the Village of South Orange Fire & Rescue headquarters.
“The more time I spent involved in emergency services, the more I learned about the ins and outs of what needs to go into emergency services facilities – including truck parking, equipment storage and living quarters,” Aliano said. “I also found that my in-depth knowledge of building codes and construction is an extraordinary benefit when I am dealing with structure fires and other building emergencies.”
Aliano also realized that he wanted to take his volunteer status to a career position, which he did in 2006, when he was hired by the Township of Maplewood Fire Department. His responsibilities include fire suppression, rescue, fire education, fire prevention inspections and emergency medical services. “The fire service is a unique career in that we work a 24-hour shift and then are off for three days,” he explained. “This enables me to keep my second profession as an architect. TIAS is very flexible with my schedule. Both of my employers provide great work environments, and I work with two terrific groups of devoted people.”
Aliano earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the New York Institute of Technology and has more than 11 years of experience in architecture, interior design and construction management for public safety, retail, education, and residential projects. His responsibilities at TIAS also include design development, fire and building code analysis, bid analysis and construction inspection and administration. As a professional firefighter and EMT, he is a member of New Jersey Fireman’s Mutual Benevolent Association Local 25 and International Association of Firefighters Local 4525.