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Forbes Names FDNY Top Government Employer In America

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- They say it's one of the best jobs in the world, and Forbes magazine seems to agree.

The magazine ranked the Fire Department of the City of New York as the No. 1 government employer in the country. The FDNY ranked 17th overall in Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said he was happy, but not surprised.

"One of the reasons why I came back to the Fire Department from a very happy retirement was that it's a great place to work," he told 1010 WINS. "Certainly not an easy job -- and we know it's a dangerous job -- but it's very fulfilling. You get a chance to make a difference every day -- and our people do make a difference every day -- and at the end of every day they go home satisfied, go home knowing that what they did was something that made a difference."

Nigro said the FDNY sets the standards for other departments across the nation.

"Not only are we the biggest in this country and the busiest, but we're the fire department that others look to for innovation," Nigro said. "We take pride in being the leaders in this profession."

Google was ranked the overall best employer, followed by Costco, according to Forbes.

Harley-Davidson made the top 10, along with BMW and L.L. Bean. Facebook was ranked 15th.

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