Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh and Syracuse Chief of Fire Michael Monds have appointed DANIEL DOWNES as 1st deputy chief of the Syracuse Fire Department. Downes has dedicated more than 20 years to the City of Syracuse. He was appointed as a firefighter in 2000 and promoted to lieutenant in 2011. Downes has been assigned to Engine 8 and the Rescue Company for his entire career. He comes from a family of firefighters, which includes his brother, Tim Downes, who retired in 2006, and their father, Michael Downes, who retired as Chief of Fire in 1994. Downes is also a veteran of the United States Navy. He served on board the USS America (CV-66). Downes will be taking over for retiring 1st Deputy Chief Steven Evans. Chief Evans has dedicated more than 23 years to the City of Syracuse.