By Alicia Cruz
The New York City Fire Department will have a new ‘Top Dog’ soon. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is expected to announce that current Department chief, Salvatore Cassano, (pic above) will succeed retiring Nicholas Scoppetta as fire commissioner.
Mayor Bloomberg’s is expected to make the announcement at a news conference this afternoon.
Having joined the NYFD in 1969, Chief Cassano has rose through the ranks from fire fighter to lieutenant in 1977, then Captain (1984), deputy assistant chief (1999) and assistant chief (2001) and finally, as the Department’s top uniformed officer.
Retiring commissioner, Scopetta had this to say about Chief Cassano: “Chief Cassano is a strong, committed leader with a wealth of knowledge and experience who represents the best in this department. During the past five years — in addition to running our day-to-day emergency operations — he has worked tirelessly to help rebuild a department severely impacted by the Sept. 11 attacks.
Due to his efforts, our firefighters, E.M.T.’s and paramedics are better trained, equipped and prepared to respond more safely and effectively to every type of emergency in New York City. I am confident the department will prosper under his leadership.”
Chief Cassano has been cited five times for bravery throughout his tenure with the NYFD.