Administrative Medals and Awards 2007
THE HONORARY FIRE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION MEDAL
FIREFIGHTER WALTER H. BLUM
Bureau of Training
Improved training facilities at the FDNY Training Academy
Firefighter Walter “Wally” Blum, Building
Coordinator at the Academy, is recognized
today because of his creative talents and tireless
efforts to improve the training facilities at the
Fire Academy. His creativity, ingenuity and talents
have beautified the Fire Academy with a welcoming
landscape at the entrance to the Academy. He
also designed and constructed an old-fashioned
housewatch in the entranceway of Building #9 and
transformed the office of the Probationary Firefighters’
School into a full façade of an FDNY firehouse.
Firefighter Blum uncovered and restored
many historical pieces that were in danger of being
damaged. He used these pieces to add authenticity
and dignity to the facilities mentioned above.
Other projects completed by Firefighter Blum
have been more functional. These include the fabrication
of the Personal Safety System training platforms,
upgrades to the forcible entry and search
areas and the fabrication of the functional skills
As the Building Coordinator, Firefighter Blum
serves as the Bureau of Training liaison and advisor
for all major construction projects at the Fire Academy.
This involvement has extended to Building
#14, the Subway Simulator Building and the main
Currently, Firefighter Blum and his staff are
involved in helping ensure that the addition to Building
#1--the high-rise simulator--reflects the Academy’s
design and architecture. His assistance in overseeing
smaller construction projects, as well as general
maintenance tasks, has proved invaluable.
Training at the Fire Academy has been greatly
enhanced by the efforts of Firefighter Walter Blum.
For this reason, he is presented with The Honorary
Fire Officers Association Medal.
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