John Pilger - Chief Chimney Services (Smithtown, NY)
John Pilger has been in the sweep industry since 1983 and is the owner and operator of Chief Chimney Services, since 1986.
He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). He is their past president. John also is a Past President of the NYS Chimney Sweep Guild. He is a member (Past Director) of, and the representative for the National Chimney Sweep Guild to the National Fire Protection Association 31 committee (Standards for the Installation of Oil Burning Equipment). He serves on the NCSG Technical committee and is chair of the International Relations committee of the National Chimney Sweep Guild and the CSIA. He also serves on the CEU committee. He is an instructor for the CSIA and the National Fireplace Institute (NFI). He is CSIA Certified Master Chimney Sweep, CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician, NFI Certified Wood and Gas Technician, FIRE Certified Fireplace Inspector and holds an Applied Science Degree in Fire Protection Technology.
He is also a former Fire Marshal and Past-Fire Chief. John has been the Chimney expert for Dateline NBC, CNN, American Journal, Associated Press and News 12 Long Island. John is a past recipient of the NY Chimney Sweep Guild Schukal award and the Polish Corp. of Chimney Sweeps Saint Florian award. In 2007 John won the Chimney Safety Institute of America highest award, “The Don Leavitt Education Award”, for outstanding contributions to the Chimney Sweep industry through education.