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Binghamton Fire Chief to Retire in April

By FOX 40 Staff.
Binghamton Fire Chief Daniel L. Thomas will retire on April 9, ending a 40-year career with the Binghamton Fire Department.

The announcement came from the office of Mayor Richard David Tuesday morning.

“Chief Thomas’ storied public service career at the City is a testament to his dedication to the safety and welfare of Binghamton residents,” said Mayor David. “Chief Thomas will be greatly missed at City Hall. His leadership skills and enthusiasm have contributed to the Binghamton Fire Department’s reputation as one of the best fire departments in New York State.”

Chief Thomas joined the Binghamton Fire Department as a firefighter on Nov. 29, 1975. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1984, Captain in 1987, Assistant Chief in 1993, Deputy Chief in 1999 and was appointed Fire Chief in 2007.

“The most rewarding part of my career was working with my fellow firefighters,” said Chief Thomas, 62. “Looking back, I always strived to have a positive impact on overall public safety in the City and make improvements to the department that would last for decades to come. Despite any professional accomplishments I may’ve had, the camaraderie in the firehouse will be what I remember the most.”

A selection process to replace Chief Thomas in underway, said Mayor David.