Daniel A. Nigro

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Daniel A. Nigro
33rd New York City Fire Commissioner
Assumed office
June 9 2014
Mayor Bill de Blasio
Preceded by Salvatore Cassano

Daniel A. Nigro is the Commissioner of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY).[1] Nigro's appointment was announced on May 9, 2014, and he was sworn in on June 9.[2]

Nigro is the 33rd Commissioner in the 145-year history of the New York City Fire Department. The Commissioner is the most senior member of the fire department, and it is a civilian, non-uniformed office.[3]


Nigro grew up in the Bayside neighborhood of Queens, New York. He later attended Baruch College. Nigro's father was a Captain in the FDNY.[4]

In 1969, Nigro joined the FDNY.[5] He became a Deputy Chief in 1993, and in 1996, he oversaw the merging of the city's ambulance squads with the fire department.[2][5]

Nigro was appointed Chief of the department—the highest-ranking uniformed position—following the death of Chief Peter J. Ganci, Jr., in the 9/11 attacks.[5] Nigro was regarded for his leadership following the deaths of 343 firefighters in the attacks.[2]

Nigro retired as Chief in 2002.[1] That same year, in retirement, Nigro was a member of an FDNY anti-terrorism task force.[4]

Regarding Nigro's appointment as Commissioner, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said: "Our administration is committed to building on this department’s impressive record, increasing diversity in the ranks, and improving response time and I know Daniel has what it takes to lead the FDNY forward".[2]


  1. ^ a b Saul, Michael Howard; Shallwani, Pervaiz (May 8, 2014). "De Blasio Set to Tap Insider for Top Fire Post". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Daniel Nigro Sworn In As New FDNY Commissioner". CBS Local Media. 2014-06-09. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  3. ^ "Organizational Structure of the New York City Fire Department" (PDF). City of New York. October 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Mcshane, Larry (May 9, 2014). "Daniel Nigro Takes FDNY Helm as Commissioner 12 Years After Resigning from Department". NYDailyNews. 
  5. ^ a b c Schwirtz, Michael; Rashbaum, William K. (May 8, 2014). "Key Figure in Fire Department After 9/11 Is to Return as Commissioner". New York Times. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
Fire appointments
Preceded by
Salvatore Cassano
FDNY Commissioner