FDNY Releases Six-Year Assessment on the Health Impacts of 9/11 on FDNY Rescue Workers
September 20, 2007
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta today have released World Trade Center Health Impacts on 9/11 Rescue Workers , a comprehensive six-year assessment of the physical and psychological effects on active and retired FDNY members who responded to the World Trade Center site on and after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The 64-page report is based upon the widely recognized work of the FDNY Bureau of Health Services, which has evaluated, monitored and treated more than 14,200 firefighters and EMS members since the days following the attacks. Led by Chief Medical Officers Dr. Kerry Kelly and Dr. David Prezant, the Fire Department's World Trade Center Medical Monitoring Program has become a national model in treating first responders and identifying the overall impact of 9/11.
"These statistics are heartbreaking - and truly underscore the sacrifice and selflessness that the FDNY distributed in the days and months after the attacks," said Mayor Bloomberg. "They also underline the need for continued funding to assess the overall health impact on our rescue workers."
"This new report is a testament to the unparalleled heroism of the New York City Fire Department, and the physical and emotional toll so many of our firefighters and EMS members have had to endure," said Commissioner Scoppetta. "The hard work and dedication of our Bureau of Health Services should be commended, and their findings should serve as a solid foundation for all 9/11 treatment programs in the years to come."
> Read the mayoral press release
> Read the report