Charleston introduces city's new fire chief Friday

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The City of Charleston made it official Friday afternoon, introducing Daniel Curia the new chief of the Charleston Fire Department.

Mayor Tecklenburg and members of the City Council made the official announcement Friday afternoon at the City Hall Council Chamber.

"Today, it's an honor to introduce the next great, new fire chief to lead our efforts, Dan Curia," City of Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg said. "He's really a fine gentleman and a fine firefighter. He'll make a great leader for Charleston."

Curia is currently the fire chief in Durham, North Carolina, where he worked decades for the city's fire department. In his years or service in Durham, Curia was a firefighter, fire technician, fire captain, and chief officer. He has also been the department's chief since 2013.

"I would be remiss if I didn't thank the City of Durham for having me for 28 years and making me the person I am," Curia said.

"He has all of the qualifications and a heart for service," Tecklenburg said.

After the official announcement at City Hall, a group of first responders instantly welcomed their new leader.

"It was nice to have a group of firefighters welcome me. We will obviously have plenty of things to talk about over the upcoming months," Curia said.

Curia plans to bring a positive attitude to the City of Charleston in his new role.

"There's a servant attitude to make sure our community is safe. I really want our firefighters to know how valued they are, both in the fire department and in the community," Curia said.

Curia plans to move to Charleston with his wife, Lori, in July.

"Last year at this time I thought there is no place I'd rather live- until we visited Charleston. It was love at first sight," Lori Curia, said.

"It was truly one of those moments when we came here for the first time," Daniel Curia said. "My family stopped, looked at each other and had a moment where we were perplexed that something can be so beautiful."

"They're going to love it here and they're going to adjust just fine," Tecklenburg said.

Curia officially starts as the new Fire Chief on July 30.

He has 28 years of fire service experience, including 15 years as a chief officer.

Curia replaces former chief Karen Brack who resigned in March 2017, Brack was hired in 2012.

Other candidates included Cary, N.C. fire chief Raymond Allan Cain, and Kansas City, MO fire chief Paul J. Berardi.

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