FDNY - Background on the new Chief of Special Operations


Staff member
Apr 24, 2007
About Chief of Special Operations Malcolm Moore Chief Moore is a 26-year veteran of the Department. As Chief of Special Operations, he will oversee the Department’s highly trained special units, including Hazardous Materials, Marine Operations and Rescue Operations.

Chief Moore joined the Department in 1996, and his first assignment was at Engine Company 214 in Brooklyn. As a firefighter, he was also assigned to Engine Company 304 in Queens and Ladder Company 101 in Brooklyn. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2003 and assigned to Battalion 49 and Ladder Company 136 in Queens.

In 2007, he was promoted to captain and assigned to Division 15 in Brooklyn, and later served as the captain of Ladder Company 107 in Brooklyn and he was promoted to battalion chief in 2013 and served in Battalion 28 and Battalion 48 in Brooklyn and responded citywide as a battalion chief in the Rescue Battalion of Special Operations Command. He was promoted to deputy chief in 2019, serving in Division 13 in Queens and in the Rescue Battalion.

Chief Moore is the first black man to serve as Chief of Special Operations. He is a graduate of SUNY Empire State College, the FDNY’s Fire Officers Management Institute and the FDNY’s Mental Performance Initiative.