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Alan R. Cominsky - Fire Chief

Chief Alan R. Cominsky is an accomplished leader, offering over 24 years of progressive experience analyzing and facilitating practices and procedures designed to improve operational safety, economic feasibility and program effectiveness for a large metropolitan fire rescue and emergency response agency.

Since joining MDFR in 1995, this veteran of the fire service has served in every capacity with great distinction. Prior to his appointment to interim fire chief, Chief Cominsky served as the assistant fire chief for Technical and Support Services, MDFR’s Fire Marshal, division chief of Fire Prevention, division chief of South Operations, division chief of North Operations, and Hazardous Materials battalion chief. He rose through the ranks of the organization and has held every civil service rank including firefighter, fire lieutenant, fire captain, and battalion chief.

As fire chief, he leads the sixth-largest accredited full-service fire and rescue department in the southeastern United States. Originally operating as a single-unit fire patrol in 1935, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is responsible for dispatching resources over an area of approximately 1,883 square miles that includes over 70 fire stations responding to all of the unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade County and 29 municipalities within the County. MDFR is currently staffed by over 2,550 employees, including over 2,000 uniformed firefighters who are trained in both fire suppression and emergency medical response.

As fire marshal, Chief Cominsky oversaw MDFR's Fire Prevention and Inspection Division, which is comprised of eight bureaus that deliver life-safety and fire prevention services, including Fire Engineering, New Construction, Existing Construction, Code Compliance, Permit Administration, Fire Investigation, Aviation Life Safety and Special Events staffing and coordination.

A South Florida native and a graduate of Southwest Senior High School, Chief Cominsky has earned an Associate Degree in Science and an Associate Degree in Arts from Miami-Dade Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Barry University, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Barry University.

Chief Cominsky continues to build upon a decade’s worth of instructional experience at the college level as an adjunct instructor with Miami-Dade College in the Emergency Medical Services Program. He is also a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Florida Fire Chiefs Association (FFCA), Florida Fire Marshals Association and the Florida Officers of Miami-Dade (FOAM-D). Chief Cominsky is married and has three children.