Deputy Chief Mike McPartland is a 38-year member of the FDNY and is assigned to the 1st Division, which covers Lower Manhattan. He oversees 50 firefighting units and 1,200 personnel. Rising through the ranks, he has worked as a firefighter in Engines 16 and 59 during his first year on the job; in Ladder Company 28 for 10 years; as a lieutenant in Bedford–Stuyvesant / Brownsville, Brooklyn for 4 years; as the captain of Ladder 19 in the South Bronx for 5 years; as battalion chief 11 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for 8 years; and as a deputy chief in the 1st Division for the last 10 years.
After being promoted to battalion chief in July 1999, Chief McPartland was assigned to the 3rd Division in Midtown Manhattan, where he helped work on the Y2K plan for the Times Square New Years Eve Celebration.
From September 11, 2001 until January 15, 2002, Chief McPartland supervised rescue and recovery operations at the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attack. Shortly after, he was detailed to New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and was appointed as Deputy Commissioner in charge of Homeland Security. He established and ran office of Homeland Security for New York City for one year. During his work at OEM, he served as supervisory responder to large scale multi-agency incidents, in charge of coordination between agencies, and he helped plan and participate in four large-scale multi-agency terrorism drills.
After being promoted to deputy chief in January 2007, he was chosen as a member of the Ventilation Focus Group that developed alternative tactics and strategies for fighting wind-driven fires.
Chief McPartland is a graduate of FDNY/West Point Terrorism (Class of 2004); a graduate of the FDNY Fire Officer Management Institute, Columbia University (Class of 2006/2007); and a graduate of G.E. Advanced Leader (Class of 2014). He is a charter member of FDNY Incident Management Team (IMT) which was started 2003. He is also an FDNY instructor for ICS100,200,300, and 400.
He is a Type 1Deputy Incident Commander (all hazard) and the Operations Section Chief for the FDNY Incident Management Team. His deployments include: Hurricane Katrina (2005), Hurricane Gustauv (2008), Binghamton, New York Floods (2011), and Super Storm Sandy in New York City (2012).