FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro swore in Rev. Ann Kansfield of the Greenpoint Reformed Church as the first-ever female FDNY Chaplain Tuesday.
“This is a wonderful moment for the FDNY,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.
Chief of Department James Leonard added, “You are a part of our family and we welcome you.”
The Commissioner praised her strong commitment to the community, running a soup kitchen and coordinating various local programs to promote music, the arts and mental health.
Kansfield, who left her Wall Street job and became a pastor “to help people,” is one of eight chaplains currently serving the Department.
FDNY chaplains provide spiritual guidance and support to FDNY members; assist in arranging services for deceased members; aid FDNY families by providing solace and comfort; maintain contact with the kin of deceased members; respond to major fires and other emergencies where members are seriously injured; and open and close all FDNY ceremonies with invocations and benedictions.
The swearing-in ceremony was held at a ribbon-cutting event in Brooklyn, officially opening a new facility that will serve as EMS Station 59 and the Special Operations Command readiness deployment center.
Kansfield was joined by her family and members of her community at the event.
“It’s exciting to suddenly have a congregation of close to 16,000 people,” Rev. Kansfield said. “It’s an honor to be a part of the family.”