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Press Releases / 2004 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 13, 2004


FDNY High School a part of the Fire Department’s Diversity Initiative.

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta today joined Region 5 Superintendent Kathleen Cashin, Local Instructional Superintendent Phyllis Marino and FDNY High School Principal Raymond Palmer to open the first FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety. The school, part of the City’s small schools initiative, is housed in Thomas Jefferson High School in East New York, Brooklyn. Today’s freshmen class is composed of more than 80 students who range in age from 13 to 15-years-old.

“The FDNY High School is a critical step towards helping introduce the Fire Department to young men and women as a potential career choice,” said Fire Commissioner Scoppetta. “Regardless of whether or not they pursue careers in the Fire Department, these students will have a solid educational foundation instilled with an unwavering sense of integrity, honor and duty – all tenets of the Fire Department.”

As part of the Fire Department’s diversity initiative, the FDNY High School will introduce Fire Department careers at an early age to students of diverse backgrounds who would not ordinarily consider a career in emergency services. Students will learn about careers as firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics. They will be exposed to Fire Department culture and leadership and will train to be emergency responders and civil defense professionals by participating in Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). They will also learn the basics of first aid, including CPR. Students are expected to maintain exemplary self-discipline and personal conduct as they develop the core values of service, bravery, safety, honor dedication and preparedness—all while dedicating themselves to education and safety in school, at home and in the community.

Ultimately, the FDNY High School will enroll 400-500 students in grades nine through 12. The students will wear uniforms that are underwritten by a grant provided by the Fire Safety Education Fund.

Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon / Virginia Lam (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

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