Chief of Department Edward Kilduff Retires After 37 Years
Edward Kilduff was applauded by hundreds of FDNY staff as he left Headquarters for the last time as Chief of Department.
Edward S. Kilduff walked out of FDNY Headquarters for the last time as Chief of Department on Oct. 30, retiring after a 37-year career with the FDNY. He served as the 34th Chief of Department, the FDNYâ€™s highest-ranking uniformed officer, since 2010. As Chief of Department, Chief Kilduff oversaw the Departmentâ€™s 15,000-member uniformed fire and EMS services, with five major bureaus: Operations, Training, Communications, Emergency Medical Service and Fire Prevention. During his distinguished career, Chief Kilduff served as an Incident Commander with the FDNYâ€™s IMT group - trained by the federal government in management of large-scale disasters - and helped lead the agencyâ€™s response to Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, when more than 600 members were deployed to conduct rescue and recovery efforts for the city of New Orleans.
Numerous FDNY uniformed and civilian staff, came out to applaud the 37-year veteran.
He also was a key member of the senior management team that created the Departmentâ€™s first two Strategic Plans in 2004-2005 and 2007-2008. These plans served as roadmaps for rebuilding after the Sept. 11 attacks and advanced numerous major agency-wide initiatives. As a deputy chief in 2001, he worked as night commander for months after Sept. 11, supervising FDNY members working on rescue and recovery operations at the World Trade Center site. Chief Kilduff was appointed a New York City firefighter in August 1977 and worked for six years at Ladder 34 in Manhattan. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1983 and worked at Ladder 112 in Brooklyn until his 1989 promotion to Captain of Engine 92, in the Bronx. He continued to rise through the ranks as Battalion Chief (1993), Division Chief (2001), Deputy Assistant Chief (2002) and Assistant Chief and Brooklyn Borough Commander (2004). He was cited five times for bravery including in October 1988 when he rescued a 51-year-old woman from a burning apartment in Brooklyn, and in June 1998 when he directed the rescue of five firefighters trapped in a building collapse on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.
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