FDNY Swears in New Department Chief

Edward Kilduff was sworn in as the FDNY's 34th Chief of Department today, making him the agency's highest ranking uniformed official, according to a press release.

Kilduff is a 32-year verteran of the FDNY and succeeds newly appointed Commissioner Salvatore Cassano.

He previously served for five years as the Brooklyn Borough Commander.

"I have a lot of tradition to uphold," Kilduff said in a statement. "But I know everyone in the field and here at headquarters will help me move the department forward."

Commissioner Cassano said, "He’'s a natural -- he fits the part, he is the part. His career speaks for itself."