Leadership

NEW YORK FIRE DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATION

Issue 6 and Volume 48.

NEW YORK FIRE DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATION The New York fire department is divided into two sections. The administrative section includes jurisdiction over purchase of apparatus and supplies, the fire-alarm telegraph system, buildings and their fittings, repairs to apparatus, and the clerical work. The fire commissioner is solely responsible for the administrative part of the department’s work. The chief is responsible for the fighting of fires and the discipline of the uniformed force. The commissioner is responsible for the efficiency of the apparatus and the clerical and repair shop forces, and is the trial judge in cases where charges are made by the chief against members of the uniformed force. This division of the fire department was provided for in the charter to prevent the establishment and maintenance of conditions which have been made possible in the police department by reason of the fact that the police commissioner is responsible for the…

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