Philly Fire Commissioner to Retire Next Year

Philadelphia (PA) Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers, who has served as head of the Philadelphia Fire Department since December 2004, is set to retire in June 2014.

WPVI reported ( that Ayers became a Philadelphia firefighter in 1974 and served in every rank within the department, from lieutenant to deputy commissioner, before being appointed commissioner by Philadelphia Mayor John Street; he was then reappointed by Mayor Michael Nutter in 2008.

Ayes oversees 2,400 uniformed firefighters and all the operations of the Philadelphia Fire Department, the fifth largest fire department in the United States.

Ayers said his greatest joy is cutting the number of fire deaths and overall fires in the city. His greatest disappointment is losing seven firefighters in the line of duty during his tenure.

The commissioner has battled with the firefighters’ union over cost-cutting measures like rolling brown-outs at various stations across the city.


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