Today, FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh announced the appointment of Chief Michael Fields to Chief of EMS Operations.
Chief Fields is a 28-year veteran of the Department. As Chief of EMS Operations, he will oversee the Department’s over 4,000 EMTs, Paramedics, EMS Officers and civilian employees in the EMS Bureau, and will be responsible for overseeing operations, planning, strategic initiatives, and logistics. With this appointment, Chief Fields has become the first Black man in Department history to advance his career to this prestigious rank.
Chief Fields joined the Department in 1994, and his first assignment was Emergency Medical Dispatch. In 2000, he was promoted to Paramedic and worked at Station 57 in Brooklyn. In 2005, he was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to Brooklyn. In 2010, he was promoted to Captain and assigned to Queens and worked in the Department’s Bureau of Investigation and Trials. In 2013, he was promoted to Deputy Chief and worked in the Bronx. In 2017, he was promoted to Division Commander of Division 2 in the Bronx. In 2020, he was promoted to Deputy Assistant Chief where he commanded the EMS City South Command covering Brooklyn and Staten Island. Most recently, Chief Fields was assigned as Deputy Assistant Chief in EMS Operations.
He is a graduate of Eastern Gateway Community College, the FDNY’s Fire Officers Management Institute, and the FDNY/USMA Counterterrorism Leadership – Combatting Terrorism Program. Chief Fields is currently enrolled in Metropolitan College of New York.
In 2021, we featured Chief Fields and his son Michael Fields Jr. in honor of Father’s Day. If you missed it, read our story today by clicking here.