Fire Commissioner Vincent V. Muscarella is a 27-year veteran of fire service, the last 21 of which he spent with the City of Buffalo. He was appointed to firefighter in 1996 and graduated from the recruit academy later that year. Muscarella was promoted to Lieutenant in 2009, and Captain in 2013. In July of 2016, after an extensive search process, Mayor Byron W. Brown appointed then Captain Muscarella to Deputy Commissioner of Buffalo Fire Operations, a position in which he faithfully and successfully served since such time. In 2018, Muscarella was appointed to Commissioner of the BFD. In furtherance of his management and leadership skills, Commissioner Muscarella has become a New York State certified fire instructor and a Master Instructor with the International Association of Firefighters. His place as a preeminent instructor was solidified this year when he was selected to teach at the Fire Department Instructor Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mayor Brown charged Muscarella with ensuring the safety of Buffalo’s residents and firefighters, increasing diversity among the ranks, and maintaining the department’s commitment to swift response times in neighborhoods across the city.
Johnathan EatonDeputy CommissionerDeputy Johnathan Eaton is a 17-year veteran of the Buffalo Fire Department, joining in March 2000. Deputy Eaton has a background in law enforcement in which he previously served as a police officer in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
In 2013, Deputy Eaton was promoted to Fire Lieutenant and was assigned to Engine 23, 1st platoon. He later served as an instructor for the Buffalo Fire Training Academy in 2015 and describes this as a great opportunity to have a positive impact on the future of the Buffalo Fire Department.
In 2016, he was appointed to Deputy Commissioner by the Honorable Mayor Byron Brown and is currently in charge of Personnel. Deputy Eaton also has extensive experience in team leadership, developing and implementing fire prevention, and educational awareness campaigns. Deputy Eaton states, "This career has definitely changed my life and I'm committed to the growth of the Buffalo Fire Department".