Mayor appoints new Philadelphia Fire Commissioner  

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Mayor Cherelle Parker announced the appointment of Jeffrey W. Thompson as her choice to be the next Commissioner of the Philadelphia Fire Department,  effective immediately.

“I believe we have found and appointed exactly who we need to lead our Fire Department – Jeffrey Thompson,” said Parker in a statement. “Under his leadership, our medics and firefighters will continue to provide dedicated service to those who live, work and play in Philadelphia.”

Thompson, 59, a native Philadelphian raised in Germantown, joined the Philadelphia Fire Department in 1989 as a member of Cadet Class 162. He has worked at various stations across the city during his 35-year career with the Fire Department, including more than two decades with the “North Philly Cowboys” – serving as a Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain and Battalion Chief with Engine 50, Ladder 12 and Battalion 8.

Philadelphia Fire Department Deputy Commissioner Jeffrey Thompson speaks during a news conference following the collapse of an elevated section of Interstate 95 after a tanker truck caught fire, Sunday, June 11, 2023, in Philadelphia.AP Photo/Joe Lamberti

Thompson has also held positions as Executive Chief (under Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers), adjunct instructor at the Fire Academy, Special Investigations Officer, Deputy Fire Commissioner, and First Deputy Fire Commissioner.

He assumes the Fire Commissioner position succeeding Acting Commissioner Craig Murphy upon his retirement. Murphy served in the Fire Commissioner’s role since January 2024, when former Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel resigned to transition into the Managing Director position under the Parker Administration.

“I am honored to join the Parker Administration and lead our brave medics and firefighters with unwavering dedication and a commitment to safety for all,” said Thompson. “Together, we will continue to protect our city, support our communities, and uphold the proud tradition of service that defines Philadelphia’s bravest.”