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Daniel Curia has been named the new chief of the Durham Fire Department. Curia, who joined the department in 1990, has been serving as the interim fire chief since December 2012.
City Manager Tom Bonfield announced the appointment Monday. "We’re pleased to have Dan continue on as a member of our public protection team,” Bonfield said in a press release. “Dan brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table with 23 years of service as a City employee, and since preventing loss of life and property is the main goal for our fire department, we will continue to call upon Dan’s extensive expertise to ensure we do just that.”
After joining the Durham Fire Department in 1990, Curia served as a firefighter until 1997. From then until 1999, he served as a fire technician, achieving the rank of fire captain in 1999. As a captain, he remained in the Operations Division through his 2003 promotion to battalion chief. In 2008, he was promoted to the rank of assistant chief of operations. As deputy chief, Chief Curia has provided direct oversight for the Fire Administration, Operations, Prevention and Training Divisions.