Deputy Commissioner Henry J. Costo is a 39 year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department (PFD). Since his appointment as a firefighter in 1974 Commissioner Costo has held the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief, Safety Officer, Executive Chief of Health and Safety, and his current position of Deputy Commissioner of Technical Services (Car 3). On a frequent and regularly scheduled basis, Chief Costo, also functions as the Deputy Commissioner of Operations (Car 2).
The PFD Units under his command include: The Division of Fire Prevention and Community Risk Reduction; the Fire Marshal’s Office; the Fire Communications Center; the Fire Code Unit; and the Technical Support Unit (Apparatus, Equipment, Facilities, and Research and Development). As a core member of the Department’s Executive Policy making team, Commissioner Costo’s diverse portfolio of responsibilities also includes: Serving as the PFD Legislative Liaison at the local, state, and federal level; management of the Department’s comprehensive Accident and Injury Prevention Program; Management of the PFD Emergency Vehicle Driver Training and Qualification program; and management and administration of the Department’s comprehensive Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) program. Commissioner Costo is a nationally recognized subject matter expert in PPE and has authored numerous articles published in Fire Rescue, Fire Chief, and Firehouse magazines.
For several years he has served as the Metro Advocate Coordinator for the “Everyone Goes Home” program of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). As such, he has been deeply and passionately involved in efforts to address the psychological stress and trauma experienced by first responders on a daily basis; as well as efforts to provide family intervention and support to those experiencing behavioral health issues. Commissioner Costo also serves as an Expert Technical Reviewer for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) “Firefighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program”, and as a board member on numerous fire service advisory and editorial boards.
Commissioner Costo graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business (4.0 GPA) with dual majors in Accounting and Management and possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science.
Henry J. Costo