October 30, 2019
Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro today appointed Frank Dwyer as Deputy Commissioner for Public Information and External Affairs. Dwyer will serve as head of communications and chief spokesperson for the Department, overseeing the FDNY’s 24/7 press office operations, leading the agency’s mission-driven public safety agenda to reduce fires, deaths and injuries to civilians, and directing the agency’s external affairs work with proactive outreach to elected officials, partner city agencies and non-governmental organizations on issues concerning FDNY’s mission and responsibilities, including proposed legislation affecting the agency.
“Frank has been an integral part of our Department for more than a decade; crafting messaging that has bolstered our recruitment efforts and made a direct impact to the safety of our members and the public we serve,” said Commissioner Nigro. “I know he cares deeply for the mission of the FDNY and will continue to excel in his new role.”
“Serving in the premiere public safety agency in the world is the honor of a lifetime,” said Deputy Commissioner Dwyer. “I’m excited to continue to share the stories of the bravery and dedication of our Firefighters, EMTs, Paramedics, Fire Marshals, Fire Inspectors, and civilian employees, whose incredible work is vital to the safety of our city.”
As Deputy Commissioner, Dwyer supervises seven Director-level managers, with more than 100 employees. In addition to communications, units under his direction include social media, publications, special events, community affairs and creative media.
Prior to his appointment as Deputy Commissioner, Dwyer served 11 years in the Department’s Office of Public Information, most recently as Director of Communications. In that role, he was responsible for press releases and crisis response, strategic messaging for the Department’s social media platforms, execution of all internal and external publications and messaging (written and digital), and coordinated communications for major initiatives including Firefighter recruitment campaigns, smoke alarm installation programs, and other community engagement/fire safety campaigns.
Before joining the Department, he worked at WNBC as News Operations Manager and as Assignment Editor from 2005-2008, and at NY1 as Assignment Editor from 2002-2005. He began his career in journalism at WNBC in June, 2001, working on the assignment desk. Dwyer earned his B.A. in Mass Communications and English at Iona College. Born and raised in Queens, he currently resides in the Bronx with his wife Sophie-Anne and their two children.
Dwyer succeeds Francis X. Gribbon, who retired earlier this month after 30 years with the Department, including 19 years as Deputy Commissioner for Public Information.
“Frank Gribbon served the Department in an important role for many years, and through some extraordinary times,” said Commissioner Nigro. “He's shaped the FDNY's voice and has served the city with skill and dignity through three mayoral administrations. I wish him and his family many happy and healthy years ahead.”