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Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro Discusses the Future of FDNY

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The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) is looking for ways to best serve future communities of New York through strategic planning, technology and increased diversity, said Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro during the Crain’s New York Business Breakfast Forum on March 7, 2017.

The breakfast was co-sponsored by Berkeley College, United Airlines and the General Contractors Association of New York.

“The world looks to New York City to lead the way, and we rarely disappoint,” he told a crowd of more than 200 business professionals at the Yale Club Tuesday morning. “We want to try to find innovations that will make New York safer for everyone.”

Commissioner Nigro, who joined the department as a firefighter in 1969, rose through the ranks to Chief of Department following the September 11 attacks. Under his direction as Commissioner, the department last year recorded the lowest number of fire-related deaths in its 152-year history.

Panelists for the session included Erik Engquist, Assistant Managing Editor, Crain’s New York Business, and Ginger Adams Otis, a reporter for the Daily News, who relayed questions about the department and its challenges.

The Commissioner spoke about mirroring the U.S. Army’s commitment to strategic planning to anticipate department needs 20 or 25 years in the future. These include the use of technology such as infrared tethered drones, and better communicating the department as a career path for minorities and women.

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Photo Caption: (Above) Daniel A. Nigro, Commissioner, New York City Fire Department (left), answers questions from Erik Engquist, Assistant Managing Editor, Crain’s New York Business, and Ginger Adams Otis, a reporter for the Daily News, at the Crain’s New York Business Breakfast on March 7, 2017. (Top) Commissioner Nigro (center) poses with Berkeley College students Robin Lindberg Nilsson and Steeve J. Pierre.

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