Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the appointment on May 9 of Daniel Nigro to serve as the FDNY’s 33rd Fire Commissioner.
Mr. Nigro is a 32-year veteran of the FDNY and served as Chief of Department after Sept. 11, 2001, leading the FDNY through search, rescue and recovery operations at the World Trade Center site. He also played a large role in merging the FDNY and New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation’s EMS division in 1996.
“We look forward to partnering with the Department under the leadership of Mr. Nigro,” said FDNY Foundation Chairman Stephen Ruzow. “Together, we hope to our important mission to better protect New York.”
“We know Mr. Nigro has a deep love of the FDNY and we are excited about the ways we can work with the department to grow our programs and services throughout the City to keep New Yorkers safe.”
Mr. Nigro, the son of a FDNY fire captain, began his career as a firefighter in 1969. He served as a Lieutenant, Captain and Battalion Chief in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. He was named Assistant to Deputy Fire Commissioner in 1988. Throughout his career, he has worked as Chief of Uniformed Personnel, Chief of Health Services, Battalion and Deputy Chief, Deputy Assistant Chief of Operations, Chief of EMS and citywide tour commander. In 1999, he was appointed Chief of Operations. On Sept. 11, 2001, he was appointed Chief of Department upon the death of Chief Peter J. Ganci, Jr., at the World Trade Center.