FDNY EXPANDS 9/11-RELATED TREATMENT AT FOUR SATELLITE SITES
New sites improve accessibility for active and retired FDNY members affected by 9/11
The New York City Fire Department joined Congressman Vito Fossella (R-NY13) today in announcing the FDNY will expand its 9/11-related treatment to four community-based sites across New York state - making it easier for thousands of active and retired FDNY members to receive appropriate medical and mental health care.
“So many of our members performed heroically on Sept. 11, 2001 and risked their lives for the sake of this City and each other,” Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta said. “These expanded sites will ease the burden of their treatment and help us continue to record and analyze the effects of their heroic acts. Every first responder deserves no less.”
"This center will put critical health care services right here on Staten Island to help New York's Bravest,” Fossella said. “These heroes helped New York recover from the terror attacks, and now we have a responsibility to provide those who are sick or injured the care they need. I am continuing to fight in Washington for more funding to monitor and treatment our firefighters and other responders to the attacks. I want to thank Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Scoppetta for their commitment to the health and well-being of New York's Bravest."
Beginning today, physical and mental health services will be available at a treatment center on Staten Island, followed by three more centers which will offer these services in the coming weeks at Fort Totten in Queens, Brentwood in Suffolk County, L.I. and Middletown in upstate Orange County. These sites, which have been used solely as FDNY counseling centers since 9/11, will now offer the combined medical services to encourage continued participation in the FDNY’s groundbreaking World Trade Center Medical Monitoring Program. Previously, active and retired members were monitored at FDNY headquarters in downtown Brooklyn.
Each year, more than 2,000 FDNY members receive treatment for 9/11-related physical health issues, and more than 3,000 FDNY members are monitored for mental health issues.
The FDNY’s World Trade Center Medical Monitoring Program, which was launched in October 2001, was the first program of its kind to evaluate and treat first responders exposed to the World Trade Center site. Led by FDNY Chief Medical Officers Dr. Kerry Kelly and Dr. David Prezant of the Bureau of Health Services, the program has become a national model in providing treatment to members and identifying the physical and psychological impact of 9/11. So far, more than 14,300 active and retired FDNY members have received medical monitoring exams through the Department.