Governor appoints interim chief Concepción Tirado to head firefighters
By The Star Staff
Gov. Pedro Rafael Pierluisi appointed Marcos Concepción Tirado as commissioner of the Puerto Rico Firefighters Bureau (NBPR by its Spanish initials) on Tuesday.
“More than words with actions, the commissioner of the Fire Department, Marcos Concepción Tirado, has shown that he is more than qualified to exercise the position,” the governor said in a written statement. “Being a firefighter is not an easy task and directing them is intense work. Firefighters work tough scenarios with gallantry, bravery, focus and effectiveness, and ours have stood out at all times. It is in times of challenge that the brave grow up and that is why I have to emphasize that, under the leadership of the now commissioner, the Firefighters Bureau has successfully handled situations as regrettable as those that occurred recently in Las Piedras, the Ballajá barracks and a few weeks ago in Río Piedras. I trust that the Senate will evaluate this appointment on its merits.”
Concepción Tirado has been in the Firefighters Bureau, formerly the Fire Department, for more than 20 years. After graduating from the Firefighters Academy in 2000, for three years he was the firefighter in charge of duty at the San Juan Metropolitan Station and in 2007 he was promoted to the rank of Inspector I. Later, he served as an instructor at the academy, as a zone commander, and as assistant commissioner for fire prevention and firefighting until he was nominated on an interim basis on Sept. 30 as commissioner of the NBPR.
Having been appointed during a legislative recess, Concepción Tirado immediately takes possession of the post and eventually must be confirmed by the island Senate.
The official designation comes after 140 new firefighters graduated from the academy on Monday and the governor reiterated that he will continue to fight to do salary justice to all firefighters.