FDNY WTC Treatment Expands To Satellite Sites
In the aftermath of 9/11, FDNY members,
active and retired continue to have
WTC related medical and psychological
problems. For many, treatments and
testing have been burdensome and costly.
With NIOSH funding, money for treatment
was released in late 2006. BHS will now
be opening medical treatment sites in the
communities where active and retired
members live. These sites will improve
access to medical treatments for WTC covered
Currently the WTC covered conditions
- Chronic sinus problems
- Respiratory problems such as chronic
bronchitis, asthma, sarcoidosis
- GERD with acid reflux, esophagitis,
- Mental Health such as PTSD, anxiety,
To date, members have received WTC related
treatment including free medications
at a single site at FDNY BHS Headquarters
at 9 Metro Tech for both WTC
medical treatment and monitoring. In contrast,
FDNY WTC mental health services
have been available at community based
sites. FDNY will soon begin WTC Medical
Treatment at these community based
sites. The expansion of the FDNY WTC
Medical Treatment and Monitoring Program
to community based sites will
improve accessibility of medical services to
our FDNY members, both active and
retired firefighters, officers and EMS.
When Are The
Beginning on August 22, 2007, medical
services will be offered at the Staten Island
location. WTC physical health treatment
will be provided on Wednesdays from 12 –
6 at the Staten Island site. Other sites will
offer these expanded medical services over
the next several weeks and months on a
once a week basis. Of course, mental
health treatment will remain in place at
these sites, five days a week.
Who Is Eligible
All FDNY active and retired Firefighters,
Fire Officers and EMS personnel who
worked at the WTC site in rescue and
recovery and have had a WTC Medical
evaluation since August 12, 2005 are eligible.
This is the same eligibility requirement
for free WTC-covered medications.
How Do I Make An
Appointments for WTC-related medical
treatment are made at our central line: 718
999 1858. Our staff will at the same time
ensure that your monitoring exam is up-todate.
Mental health treatment appointments
are made by calling the CSU site
Iím On Full Duty; I Want To
Stay On Full Duty. Can I Stay
On Full Duty?
The treatment centers in the satellites
will only provide WTC related treatments.
The WTC Treating physician will not be
addressing duty status, unless a life-threatening
condition exists. The focused evaluation
will be centered around the WTC conditions
of the individual, not on duty status.
For members who believe that their condition
is impacting on their work ability, they
should be seen at BHS for duty evaluation.
How Many Have Been
Treated So Far?
In the six years since 9/11, many members
both active and retired have continued
to have symptoms related to WTC exposures.
In the last 12 months (7/1/06 to
6/30/07), treatment for WTC physical
health issues (mostly upper and lower respiratory)
was provided to 2541 members,
and treatment for mental health problems
was provided to over 2500 members and
family members. The continued utilization
of services for both mental health and physical
health issues, six years after this event,
demonstrates the continued impact of the
WTC on the well-being of our members,
active and retired.
Who Has Been Involved
In This Process?
The FDNY WTC program was developed
through the efforts of Dr. Kerry Kelly,
Dr. David Prezant, Malachy Corrigan (CSU
Director) and the BHS Medical Officers
who recognized the early patterns of medical
and emotional symptoms after the extreme
exposures at the WTC site.
The FDNY WTC Medical Monitoring
and Treatment program remains a joint
labor management initiative, with full support
from all our unions, FDNY and the
Mayor. We have worked closely with our
partners at the National Institutes for Occupational
Safety and Health (NIOSH) and
the Mt. Sinai medical consortium.
ANNIVERSARY BOOK TO BE RELEASED:
WTC Health Impacts on FDNY Rescue Workers
This six year assessment of FDNY
rescue workers provides in-depth
information about the health effects
of 9/11 on our members, active and retired.
The book is based on the work done at
FDNY Bureau of Health Services during
the years September 2001 through 2007. It
contains information from the FDNY- BHS
WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment
Program of our members, both Fire and
EMS. Information from Pensions is also
provided to show medical disability patterns
over the years pre- and post 9/11. This
information helps answer the question:
How are we doing?" For each member that
question may be answered differently. But
the book provides insight into how we are
doing as a whole. It will help our members
and the public understand some of the
health effects on our FDNY rescue workers.
The book has gone to press with publication
expected within the next few weeks.
Every member of our department will
receive a copy of this book. The book will
also be distributed to our retired members.
It is hoped that it will serve as a useful
guide and resource for you. This book has
been a joint labor management initiative. It
is a reflection of the concerns about the
health and well-being of our first responders.
On 9/11 and in the days that followed,
no other group experienced the degree of
exposures to this site, working at the deepest
levels in rescue and recovery. The medical
monitoring and treatment program that
FDNY BHS initiated was an acknowledgement
of that exposure. The information you
have provided has allowed us to design an
effective, state-of-the-art monitoring and
treatment program for you. This is just one
small part of what the City of New York owes to you, our firefighters and emergency
medical personnel. Thank you for
your dedication and selflessness.
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Dr. Kerry Kelly
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. David Prezant
Chief Medical Officer
Mary T. McLaughlin