After decades of service to New Yorkers, Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro announces his retirement
January 21, 2022
Commissioner Nigro is the fourth longest-serving commissioner in FDNY history, having served for seven decades
The retirement will take effect on February 16
NEW YORK – New York Fire Department (FDNY) Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro today announced his retirement from the FDNY, effective February 16, 2022. Commissioner Nigro is the fourth-serving Fire Commissioner in the history of the FDNY and one of six people to hold every rank in the department.
“Dan and I have had an incredible relationship over our long careers in public service. He is a tireless advocate for New Yorkers and a friend I have leaned on time and time again,” said Mayor Eric Adams. “From overseeing the heroic 9/11 rescue and recovery efforts to leading the FDNY’s unwavering response during the pandemic, Dan has worked tirelessly to protect all New Yorkers. New Yorkers, whether they know it or not, are all safer because of the work he has done and owe him their thanks. Dan defines public service and will be greatly missed by me and the entire department.
“Since the day I raised my right hand 53 years ago and followed my father into the world’s largest fire department, I have been blessed, privileged and truly honored to serve the people of our great city. “, said Fire Commissioner Nigro. “On days of triumphant rescues and during times of unimaginable casualties, FDNY members – our firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, fire inspectors and civilian personnel – have always answered the call. They are extraordinary people and deeply committed to protecting the lives and property of all New Yorkers. It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve as a fire marshal. »
In June 2014 Commissioner Nigro was appointed as the 33rd Fire Commissioner. As Fire Marshal, he oversaw the FDNY’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the longest period of medical calls in New York City history and the creation of a vaccination program for FDNY members, city employees and housebound New Yorkers. During his tenure, the department executed a recruiting campaign that resulted in the most diverse pool of candidates in FDNY history, with more women and people of color now serving as firefighters in New York City than in any time in the department’s 157-year history.
Commissioner Nigro also expanded fire safety awareness efforts, launching programs that installed and distributed more than 250,000 smoke and carbon monoxide alarms throughout the city and continued an unprecedented period of fire safety, 2021 marking the 16th consecutive year with less than 100 fire deaths.
He was commissioned as a firefighter on November 29, 1969, and after graduating from the Fire Academy, was first assigned to Engine Company 21 in Manhattan. Over the next 32 years, he rose through the ranks of the FDNY, serving as a lieutenant in Engine Company 35 in East Harlem, as a captain in Engine Company 8 in Manhattan, and as a battalion commander in Battalion 19 in the Bronx.
From 1988, while at the rank of battalion commander, he held several administrative positions at headquarters, including chief of staff and chief of the Office of Health Services, where he oversaw medical care and the treatment of FDNY members.
After his promotion to assistant chief in 1993, he returned to the field and served in Division 3 in Manhattan. A year later, he was named assistant deputy chief and was instrumental in merging the New York City Health + Hospitals Corporation’s Emergency Medical Service into the FDNY. Following the merger, he became the chief in charge of EMS. In 1997, he was promoted to Chief of Operations, overseeing all operations and training for over 14,000 uniformed firefighters and EMS.
After the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center, he was appointed Chief of Department, following the death of his close friend, Chief Peter J. Ganci, Jr. Commissioner Nigro was responsible for overseeing all operations rescue and recovery at the World Trade Center. Trade Center site, and the start of the department’s unprecedented reconstruction following the deaths of 343 FDNY members. As department head, Commissioner Nigro held the highest uniformed rank, overseeing all major uniformed FDNY offices: operations, training, EMS, communications, and fire prevention. He retired from the department in 2002 and returned in 2014 as a fire marshal.
Commissioner Nigro followed in the footsteps of his father, FDNY Captain Daniel Nigro, who served the department for 33 years. A native of New York, he resides in Queens with his wife, Lynn.