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Press Releases / 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 14, 2009

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

FIRE COMMISSIONER SCOPPETTA TO PRESIDE AT GRADUATION CEREMONY FOR 85 MEMBERS OF THE FDNY EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta will preside at a graduation ceremony at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the FDNY Academy on Randall’s Island for 85 emergency medical technicians (EMTs) of the FDNY Emergency Medical Service. These new members have successfully completed rigorous training programs at the department’s EMS Academy at Fort Totten in Queens.

“Being an EMT is not an easy job. Every day they see human suffering and people in pain,” said Commissioner Scoppetta. “They will not work in the comfort of a quiet, air-conditioned office. Their work is on the streets. No matter what time of day or night, no matter what the weather, when a New Yorker calls, sick or injured, they will answer the call. In this job, the stakes couldn’t be higher.”

Among this diverse new EMT class, five different languages are spoken, including Romanian, French, Creole, and Spanish. Eight graduating EMTs have family members in the department and two are veterans of the US Military.

WHO:

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

WHERE:

FDNY Fire Academy, Building 9 Auditorium, Randall’s Island

WHEN:

Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 11:00 a.m.


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

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

 

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