Commissioner Richard C. Ford II is a 35-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) who was named as Fire Commissioner in September 2018, by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Commissioner Ford oversees over 4800 sworn members and manages an annual budget of over $578M. For the first 18 years of his career, Ford was promoted through all the ranks to Battalion Chief, and, before his appointment as Fire Commissioner, served as the 1st Deputy Fire Commissioner, the department’s Safety Officer, the Rail Transit Liaison for the City of Chicago and the Chicago Transit Authority, Assistant Director of Training for the CFD, Deputy District Chief and Deputy Fire Commissioner of the CFD’s Fire Prevention Bureau.
Ford has developed and implemented various fire service initiatives and training programs such as:
Ford continues to teach and pass along skills, knowledge and abilities to fire service members in the United States and abroad. He is faithfully committed to mentoring new firefighters and paramedics, and, the advantages of continuing education and obtaining professional certifications. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, holds various professional certifications and is in possession of many specialized training certifications, as well.