Salvatore Joseph "Sal" Cassano (born 22 January 1945) is the New York City Fire Commissioner. His appointment by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to succeed Nicholas Scoppetta was announced on 21 December 2009 and became effective on 1 January 2010. Cassano was officially sworn in on 11 January 2010.
A son of Italian-American immigrants, Cassano was born in the Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn, New York, and lives on Staten Island. After serving in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, he began a career as a firefighter in November 1969. He earned an associate degree in fire protection technology from New York City College of Technology in 1970, and a bachelor of science degree in fire science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 1976.
Cassano has served in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and has been honored five times during his career for bravery. He received commendations for meritorious acts between 1979 and 1983 for rescuing five people from burning apartments, all in Brooklyn.
Cassano has held every rank in the department during his career (beginning as a firefighter in 1969), and was instrumental in rebuilding the department after 343 firefighters died...