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Daniel Nigro serving as chief of department for the FDNY on Sept. 16, 2001. (Credit: HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

Mayor De Blasio Names Daniel Nigro As New FDNY Commissioner

A FDNY veteran with more than 30 years of experience, Daniel Nigro was named chief of department after the Sept. 11 attacks.

05/09/2014

FDNY Patches (file/credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Union Backs Veteran Female Firefighter, Claims FDNY Denied Promotion As Retaliation

Elizabeth Osgood’s union said the FDNY abused its subpoena power to trace an anonymous critical comment in a newspaper last November back to her. But the FDNY says she wasn’t promoted because she’s under investigation.

03/06/2014

Firefighters battle a blaze at a home on Commonwealth Avenue in the Bronx on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. (credit: CBS 2)

Fire Union Head Says 911 Glitch Caused 2nd Bronx Home To Go Up In Flames

More than 250 firefighters responded to the blaze that broke out early Wednesday morning at a home on Commonwealth Avenue in Parkchester.

07/17/2013

An FDNY ambulance (Photo: CBS 2)

City Council Holds Hearings On 911 System Glitches, Response Times

Emergency dispatchers, firefighters and EMS workers say the city’s new $2 billion modernization of its 911 system, which includes using new technology and a new backup call center, is unreliable.

06/21/2013

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Union Claims FDNY Is Underreporting Response Times To Close More Fire Houses

The firefighters union is accusing FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano of deliberately underreporting the time it takes for fire trucks to arrive at an emergency.

05/22/2013

FDNY Fire Truck (file / credit: Getty Images)

Union Argues New FDNY Directive Is ‘Ridiculous’ & Violation Of Free Speech

At issue is a revised directive that prohibits opinions or viewpoints from being posted on firehouse walls. UFA President Steve Cassidy says the policy violates firefighters’ First Amendment rights.

01/26/2012

FDNY Fire Truck (file / credit: Getty Images)

FDNY Union Head Touts Department’s Performance, Bemoans Staffing Cuts

Union chief Steve Cassidy says staffing cuts continue to have a negative impact as FDNY numbers indicate 2011 was the third busiest year for firefighter emergencies in department history.

01/24/2012

Mayor Bloomberg joins Comptroller Liu and labor leaders to announce major pension investment governance and management reforms. (Credit: Edward Reed/Flickr)

City Plans Major Overhaul Of Public Pension System

The plan is to consolidate management of the city’s five pension plans into one unified board with about a dozen directors. The current five boards have 58 directors.

10/27/2011

Supporters gather at a 'Save the Fire Companies' rally near City Hall to protest New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to close 20 fire companies Friday, June 3, 2011, in New York.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Firefighters March Over Brooklyn Bridge To Protest Closure Of 20 NYC Firehouses

New York City firefighters hit the streets Friday, marching over the Brooklyn Bridge in protest.

06/03/2011

Engine 220 in Park Slope (credit: Steve Sandberg/1010 WINS)

Residents, Students Protest Closing Of Park Slope Firehouse Engine 220

Students from P.S. 107 marched over to Engine 220 to show their support for the firehouse – one of 20 set to close under Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s budget.

05/25/2011

A five-alarm fire raged for hours in Flatbush, Brooklyn as hundreds of firefighters tried to keep it under control. (Photo: CBS 2)

FDNY Strongly Contesting UFA Prez’s Claims On Flatbush Blaze

The fire union is blaming staff cuts for a delayed response to a tragic Flatbush fire. But the FDNY said Monday a dispatch problem also helped delay getting water on the blaze for critical minutes.

02/21/2011

Firefighter fight the blames in Flatbush Saturday (AP); Firefighters point to the remains of the fire Sunday (AP Photo)

Union: Brooklyn Death, Injuries ‘Directly Attributable’ To Bloomberg FDNY Staffing Cuts

Uniformed Firefighters Association President Steve Cassidy blames the outcome of Saturday’s deadly blaze on staffing cuts enacted by Mayor Bloomberg and the city.

02/20/2011

Firefighters stand at firehouse Engine 66/Ladder 61 in the Bronx. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Firefighters: Staffing Cuts A Matter Of Life & Death

NYC firefighter unions are trying to reverse a cost-cutting measure that would thin staffing levels at 60 New York City firehouses starting Tuesday.

01/31/2011

James Zadroga - File / Photo: WCBS-TV

NY Delegation Vows To Get 9/11 Health Bill Passed

Standing at Ground Zero just days before the ninth anniversary of 9/11, members of New York’s Congressional Delegation declared they intended to pass the Zadroga Bill the week of Sept. 20.

09/08/2010