Press Release
June 23, 2010

Mayor Daley Appoints Robert Hoff As Fire Commissioner

Mayor Daley and Fire Department Commissioner Robert Hoff at press conference
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Mayor Richard M. Daley today appointed Robert S. Hoff as Chicago Fire Commissioner.

 
Hoff, 54, is a 33-year veteran of the fire department and one of its most decorated members. Since 2008, he has served as First Deputy Commissioner.
 
“In addition to his bravery, he is an excellent administrator and a great leader, as he has shown as he moved up the ranks during his distinguished career,” Daley said in a City Hall news conference.
 
“These qualities and this experience taken together make him the right person for this job,” he said.
 
Hoff is a third-generation firefighter who has worked his way through the ranks. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1979, to captain in 1987, to battalion chief in 1989, to district chief in 2000 and to assistant fire commissioner in 2006.
 
He is one of just a few firefighters to win the department’s highest award for bravery -- the Carter Harrison Award – two times. In 1984, he suffered severe burns from an attic fire and spent 21 days in the burn unit.
 
His father, battalion chief Thomas Hoff, died at age 44 in the line of duty on February 14, 1962, during a building collapse. His grandfather and brother also were Chicago firefighters.
 
Hoff served as the Incident Commander for the fire department’s deployment to New York post-9/11 and to New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina.
 
He has served as a University of Illinois field staff instructor since 1988, and has extensive training in structural collapse, fire safety and Haz-Mat response. Before he became a firefighter, he was an Emergency Medical Technician.
 
 
 

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ROBERT S. HOFF
COMMISSIONER
CHICAGO FIRE DEPARTMENT
 
 
 
Robert S. Hoff was appointed Chicago Fire Commissioner by Mayor Richard M. Daley on June 23, 2010.
 
Hoff, 54, has served as first deputy commissioner since 2008.
 
He became a Chicago firefighter in 1977 and worked his way through the ranks. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1979, to captain in 1987, to battalion chief in 1989, to district chief in 2000 and to assistant fire commissioner in 2006.
 
Hoff served as the Incident Commander for the fire department’s deployment to New York post-9/11 and to New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina.
 
Hoff is one of the most decorated firefighters in department history and is one of a handful of firefighters to win the department’s highest award for bravery -- the Carter Harrison Award – two times. In 1984, he suffered severe burns from an attic collapse and spent 21 days in the burn unit.
 
He is a third generation fire fighter whose father, battalion chief Thomas Hoff, died at age 44 in the line of duty on February 14, 1962, during a building collapse. His grandfather and brother also were Chicago firefighters.
 
Hoff has served as a University of Illinois field staff instructor since 1988, and has extensive training in structural collapse, fire safety and Haz-Mat response.
 
Prior to serving as a fire fighter, Hoff served as an Emergency Medical Technician.
 
Hoff and his wife, Joyce, live on the Southwest Side. He has two children and five grandchildren.
 
 
 
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