James E. Leonard Sworn in as the FDNY's 35th Chief of Department
Chief Leonard takes the Oath of Office, as his wife, Patricia, holds the Bible.
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro swore in James E. Leonard on Oct. 31
as the FDNY's 35th Chief of Department during a ceremony at
”This is truly a historic day for the FDNY,” Commissioner Nigro said.
”This is a leader who always acts in the best interests of this
Chief Leonard is a 35-year veteran of the FDNY, and now holds the Department's highest ranking uniformed position.
Newly promoted Chief of Department James Leonard with outgoing Chief Edward Kilduff.
He thanked his family and the many firefighters and firefighters who shaped his career.
”I've been lucky to have worked with great firefighters and tremendous officers, who always had our backs,” he said.
He said he plans to do outreach to communities and said the
Department's greatest asset is its people. And noted that as members of
the Department, ”No matter what the emergency, we need to get people
past their time of crisis and help them in any way we can.” Learn more about his distinguished career.
New Senior Citizen Smoke Alarm Installation
Campaign Announced as Department Urges New Yorkers to Change their Smoke
Alarm Batteries for the End of Daylight Saving Time
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro speaks to the crowd about the importance of fire safety.
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro visited the quarters of Engine
95/Ladder 36 on Oct. 31 to remind all New Yorkers to change the
batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when they change
their clocks for the end of Daylight Saving Time, as well as announce a
new fire safety effort in all five boroughs.
For the Department's newly launched Senior Citizens Alarm
Installation Campaign, members from the FDNY's Fire Safety Education
Unit will hold fire safety presentations and visit homes to conduct fire
safety reviews and install smoke/carbon monoxide and hard-of-hearing
alarms in neighborhoods identified as most vulnerable to fire.
Adults aged 65 or older, who, while representing only 17 percent of
the population, comprised 40 percent of fire deaths in New York City in
Members of the FDNY's Fire Safety Education Unit spoke to numerous people about how to stay fire safe.
The Senior Citizens Alarm Installation Campaign is funded by a
$686,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency secured with
the support of New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten
“We know the more people we can reach with the message of fire
safety, the more fires we can prevent, and the more lives we can
save,“Commissioner Nigro said.
Throughout the weekend, New Yorkers also will have the opportunity to
interact with the FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit and to learn
potentially life-saving lessons in fire safety. They also will
distribute 25,000 batteries, electronic candles and fire safety
literature in multiple languages at 16 locations in all five boroughs.
Smoke detectors and batteries have been generously donated to the FDNY Foundation by Duracell, Kidde and First Alert.
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