Craig Murphy, a 2022 graduate of Neumann’s BS in Public Safety Administration program, was appointed acting fire commissioner for Philadelphia on December 28, 2023, by Mayor-elect Cherelle Parker.
Murphy is a 37-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department and has served as the first deputy commissioner since early 2021. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2003, captain in 2006, battalion chief in 2010, and deputy chief in 2014.
In an article on the City of Philadelphia website, Murphy says, “When I joined the PFD 37 years ago, I didn’t plan on becoming the Fire Commissioner – I just wanted to be a good firefighter. But throughout my career, I never stopped training, I never stopped learning, and I never stopped looking out for my brothers and sisters in this department. And that’s not going to change with this transition.”
Since joining the Philadelphia Fire Department in 1987, he has experience in firefighting, engine company practices, and ladder company practices. Murphy is a hazardous materials technician, credentialed fire training instructor, certified technical rescue training instructor, and PA Fish and boat commission certified swift water rescue technician.
The PFD reports that a search for a permanent Fire Commissioner will be conducted during the next several months as Murphy is set to retire later this year.