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Garnell W. Whitfield, Jr.

Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield, Jr.

Radio Call Sign "C-1"
195 Court Street
Buffalo, New York 14202
(716)851-5333 ext. 355

A 26 year veteran of the Buffalo Fire Department, Garnell W. Whitfield, Jr. began his career with the Buffalo Fire Department in September of 1984 as a front-line Firefighter serving at Engine 37, Engine 31 and Engine 33.  In November of 1998 he was promoted to Chief Fire Administrator serving as liason between Civil Service and the New York State Police and Fire Retirement System.  In November of 2004, he was appointed to Deputy Commissioner of Administration and Personnel, then on to Deputy Commissioner of Emergency Medical Services.  In January of 2010, Mayor Byron W. Brown appointed him Commissioner of the Buffalo Fire Department.