Daniel M. Curia

Daniel M. Curia has been named the new chief of the Charleston Fire Department. Prentiss Findlay/staff/file

After vetting more than 100 applicants in the past year, the city of Charleston has announced who will take the helm of the fire department. 

The city released a statement Thursday that Daniel Curia, fire chief in Durham, N.C., has accepted the job as chief of the Charleston Fire Department. 

Curia will speak at a press conference at 1:30 p.m. Friday at City Hall. 

Other finalists included John Tippett Jr., the city's acting fire chief; Paul Berardi, who served for five years as chief of the Kansas City, Mo., fire department; and R. Allan Cain, fire chief in Cary, N.C.

Curia will step into the new role July 30. His salary will be $165,000 and he will oversee about 350 employees. 

Curia has been with the Durham Fire Department for 28 years, serving in leadership roles for the past 15 years. He's been chief since 2013. 

At open interview sessions with City Council in January, Curia said he wanted to ensure fire systems are installed in every building, and to improve the public's understanding of safety measures in emergency situations.

He said he also wants to focus on firefighters' health and standard of living.

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Abigail Darlington is a local government reporter focusing primarily on the City of Charleston. She previously covered local arts & entertainment, technology, innovation, tourism and retail for the Post and Courier.