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Administrative Medals and Awards 2007

THE FIRE COMMISSIONER'S AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE

THE FIRE COMMISSIONER'S AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE


PERSONAL SAFETY SYSTEM WORKGROUP RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT GROUP

(Left to right) FF George Grammas, David Joseph Harney (BTSS), Captain Eric Sacknoff,
Battalion Chief Andrew Richter, Battalion Chief Stephen Geraghty, FFWilliam Duffy,
Captain Michael Hayes, Lieutenant Shaun McNally, FF Paul Robinson
(Not pictured) Captain Thomas Dolan

Advanced the safety of Firefighters with the research and development of and training on rope rescue equipment

The above-listed members of the FDNY--both uniformed and civilian--worked on many facets of this rope rescue equipment project, called the Personal Safety System (PSS). Their responsibilities included investigation and design and modification of components for the final system.

Awarded a Time Magazine Best Inventions of 2006 Award in the Safety category, the PSS provides a method for rapid self-evacuation when a Firefighter is faced with dire circumstances requiring immediate escape from a building.

Several project members worked extraordinary hours--both before and after normal working hours-- in order to develop this important safety system as quickly as possible. The goal was to exceed nationally accepted standards wherever possible.

Many of these individuals also worked diligently in creating a comprehensive training program, assisting the third-party consultants and reviewing their final report to ensure accuracy. Out of a collective personal commitment to enhancing the safety of Firefighters, this dedicated group performed in an outstanding manner.

For their dedicated efforts, they are presented with The Fire Commissioner’s Award for Outstanding Service.

 

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