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    On May 11, Fire Commissioner Magoo announced the appointment of Chief of Operations Salvatore Cassano as the FDNYs next Chief of Department. His appointment will be effective on June 17, when he will succeed current Chief of Department Peter E. Hayden, who will be retiring after more than 37 years with the Department. As a 36-year veteran of the FDNY, Chief Cassano is described as a strong, committed leader who helped rebuild the Department following the attacks of September 11, 2001. Commissioner Magoo also announced that Assistant Chief Patrick McNally was appointed as the next Chief of Operations. Chief McNally joined the Department in 1977 and currently serves as the Chief of Fire Prevention.
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    Congrats to the FDNY members. Hopefully, as Chief of Department, Cassano will stand up for what is right despite political pressure. There have been some great Chiefs of Department throughout their history. Only time will tell.
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    By MICHELLE O'DONNELL
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    PETER E. HAYDEN, the chief of department of the New York Fire Department, walked alone down the steps of City Hall, his gold-piped white cap pulled low, his dress blue uniform crisp as a sailor's. One step onto Broadway, he fell into a sea of adulation, a mob of cheering firefighters roaring their approval on a bright day last May. It was hard to believe that six weeks earlier, some of the very same firefighters had denounced Chief Hayden's decision forbidding them to wear green berets in the St. Patrick's Day parade.

    This day, however, there was only gratitude for their tribe's leader, who, moments earlier, had fallen on his sword in a City Council hearing. There, Chief Hayden, the highest-ranking city official to challenge a mayor in at least a decade, said that the city's new emergency protocol signed by Mayor Bloomberg a month earlier was unsafe for residents and firefighters alike.

    In many respects, the day recalled an earlier, swashbuckling city and Fire Department, when the chief of department was a powerful figure, a brave and unencumbered truth teller who was expected to weigh in on matters of public safety. Over a century, chiefs did just that, sometimes speaking out against the interests of hotel and real estate interests that influenced, if not controlled, City Hall, and resisted spending money on safety innovations that chiefs called for: everything from safety valves on gas mains to multiple exit stairways.

    Yet powerful as this moment in May was, it seems likely to have been the last of its kind. Last month, the fire officers' union agreed that the chief of department would no longer be a Civil Service position requiring a test. Instead, it will be a political appointment of the fire commissioner, himself a political appointee. It is, said Glenn Corbett, a professor of fire science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, "an end of an era."

    The change is hailed by some as necessary modernization that will allow the mayor to exert more control over what is seen as a largely insular department. They question whether an exam is the best way to select a top manager for a $1.2 billion agency, as if the job were no different from that of a sanitation worker or bus driver. And, they say, other controls now exist, such as the mayor's management report, to ensure that the department is performing well. "It's not as if the only thing that safeguards public safety is Civil Service," said Dennis Smith, an associate professor of public policy at New York University.

    Still, any change will be painful for the department, which has long prided itself on its political independence. Some of its more storied chiefs were men who seemed to buck the whole world in the name of public safety.

    There was John Kenlon, who in 1923 faced down a mob of angry property owners and firmly stood behind his proposal that the city require buildings to have costly safety valves attached to their gas mains to prevent explosions that injured firefighters and civilians.

    There was Edward F. Croker, who around the turn of the last century pushed to have new buildings fireproofed and equipped with rear doors and stairways.

    There was John J. McElligott, who served as both chief and commissioner, and who in the La Guardia era sought an end to politicians' practice of rigging bids for fire equipment.

    And there was John T. O'Hagan, the chief and commissioner in the 1960's and 1970's, who rallied against powerful property owners who had pushed through a weakened building code allowing them to construct cheaper, taller buildings with little concern for fire safety.

    Though the march of time has coated their legacies with a near-mythic varnish, even in their own day they were lionized in a way not seen today. A chief's tenure was measured by the decade, not by the month, as it is today. Chiefs held forth on safety issues in newspapers and on radio and television.

    Mayors and commissioners came and went, but chiefs stayed, providing a sense of mission and exerting a moral authority that sprang directly from their experience on the front lines.

    In part, they held an elevated status because fires posed more risk than they do today, in a city of more wooden buildings and less fireproofing. At any large blaze, a chief of department rallying his troops or entering a burning building alongside firefighters was a common sight.

    "He taught me one lesson I've never forgotten," Chief McElligott once said of Chief Croker, who appeared by his side during a stubborn fire early in his career and patted his shoulder. "It steadies a young man to look around and see the boss there."

    Since Ed Koch, however, mayors have been reluctant to have chiefs of department serve lifelong terms, exercising once little-used power of declining to grant them tenure and removing them from office after a year or two. In the department's first 113 years, 1865 to 1978, there were 17 chiefs. Since 1978, there have been 15.

    Once Civil Service testing for the chief of department began in 1911, as a legacy of Theodore Roosevelt's reforms to rid the government of Tammany corruption, it ensured that there was "someone in that office who was beyond the control of City Hall," said Dennis Smith, a retired firefighter who has written several books on the New York City Fire Department. "His allegiance fundamentally had to be the safety of the people of New York."

    IT was simple: anyone who wanted to be the chief of department had to study to land among the top three scorers. As Chief O'Hagan did, even as a probationary firefighter to get ready for the lieutenant's exam, and thereafter for captain, battalion chief, deputy chief and chief of department. "He had his eye on the prize," said Don Cannon, a historian who teaches at John Jay College. "He knew from Day 1 that he wanted to be the chief of the New York City Fire Department."

    After he was promoted to chief of department in 1964, Chief O'Hagan led the department through some of its most harrowing years, those dominated by the arson that plagued the city in the 1960's and 70's, a time when the city's bankruptcy forced the layoff of hundreds of firefighters. He earned a reputation as a brilliant fire officer and a tough manager, despite his initial lack of knowledge of how to work the levers of city government.

    Now, as the chief's job is shifting from a paragon of meritocracy to some hybrid model of competence and political loyalty, the city's building code is being extensively revised. For the chiefs of yore, it would be a classic moment to take on the powerful real estate lobby. They didn't always win, but they spoke out, because they knew they could play a long game.

    Even Chief O'Hagan, commanding a leader as he was, could not thwart a 1968 revision of the building code, drafted in large part by the real estate industry, that he thought thinned the margin of fire safety.

    Still, Chief O'Hagan did not give up. He returned in 1973 with safety measures added to the code. But they did not apply to the World Trade Center, which, being owned by another government agency, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was exempt from city codes and fire inspections.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYSmokey
    Congrats to the FDNY members. Hopefully, as Chief of Department, Cassano will stand up for what is right despite political pressure. There have been some great Chiefs of Department throughout their history. Only time will tell.
    In short...it is more likely that you will sooner see the Dalai Lama appointed the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church before you see any poltical appointment from the Bloomberg administration do the right thing.

    As far as I'm concerned he is barely a COD...in name only. He didn't earn the title and he is nothing more than the new second section of the Fire Commissioner.

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    damn Fred.....how do you really feel? lol
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    Management is making sure things are done right. Leadership is doing the right thing. The fire service needs alot more leaders and a lot less managers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FFFRED
    In short...it is more likely that you will sooner see the Dalai Lama appointed the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church before you see any poltical appointment from the Bloomberg administration do the right thing.

    As far as I'm concerned he is barely a COD...in name only. He didn't earn the title and he is nothing more than the new second section of the Fire Commissioner.

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    Well good luck. It's amazing what happens to people as they rise up the ladder. They forget their roots. I should have guessed that he would get it since he is behind Magoo at most of the press conferences I have seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYSmokey
    Congrats to the FDNY members. Hopefully, as Chief of Department, Cassano will stand up for what is right despite political pressure. There have been some great Chiefs of Department throughout their history. Only time will tell.
    cruthers-hayden-cassano. whats the difference?

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