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Press Releases / 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 1, 2008

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

FIRE COMMISSIONER SCOPPETTA TO PRESIDE AT JOINT
PROMOTION AND GRADUATION CEREMONY FOR
MEMBERS OF THE FDNY EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta will preside at a joint promotion and graduation ceremony tomorrow for members of the FDNY Emergency Medical Service. Three members will be elevated to the rank of captain during the ceremony and 50 will graduate from the paramedic basic training program.

Among the graduates are five who have already made pre-hospital saves and one who delivered a baby while on duty.

The new paramedics speak more than 11 languages, including Cantonese, French, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Russian and Spanish. Two of the graduates are veterans of the U.S. military. Four members have relatives who have served with the FDNY, including Paramedic Michael Toomey whose father, Firefighter John Toomey of Ladder 123, was killed in the line of duty.

The graduates completed the intense 9-month training program at the EMS Academy at Fort Totten in Queens and now will be assigned to various EMS stations throughout the City.

WHO:

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano, Chief of EMS Command John Peruggia and many EMS members and their families

WHAT:

Promotion and graduation ceremony for 53 members of FDNY EMS

WHERE:

PolyTech University, Dibner Building, Pfizer Auditorium
6 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn

WHEN:

Wednesday, July 2, 2008, at 11 a.m.

 

 

Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Emily Rahimi, (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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