Adam Thiel Commissioner, Philadelphia Fire Department Adam Thiel is currently the Fire Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia. With over two decades in the field, Adam Thiel is a recognized thought leader across the fire and emergency services industry. Adam's operational experience includes serving with distinction in four states (MD, NC, AZ, and VA) as a chief officer, incident commander, company officer, hazardous materials team leader, paramedic, technical rescuer, structural/wildland fire fighter, and rescue SCUBA diver. Thiel previously served as the Fire Chief of Alexandria, VA then serving as the Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He chairs the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee on Emergency Service Organization Risk Management, serves on the NFPA Fire Service Section executive board, and writes an occasional column in Fire Chief magazine.