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Press Releases / 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 26, 2010



New York City uses federal stimulus dollars to support latest EMS class

First graduates of FDNY High School to join FDNY Emergency Medical Service

Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, joined by New York City Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh, will preside at a graduation ceremony at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the FDNY Academy on Randall’s Island for 77 emergency medical technicians (EMTs) of the FDNY Emergency Medical Service. 

This EMT class was partially funded with federal stimulus money under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through a partnership with the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS). The FDNY EMS Trainee Program provides entry level career positions leading to full time employment in FDNY EMS as an Emergency Medical Technician.

"Job training is a critical in ensuring that New Yorkers have opportunities that lead to promising careers," said SBS Commissioner Robert W. Walsh. "Our partnership with the Fire Department is enabling the City to build its workforce as well as enhance its services to the community. I congratulate this class of EMTs and wish them the best of luck."

Through the Program, participants become provisional Fire Department employees and participate in a 14-week, two-part training program at the EMS Academy at Fort Totten in Queens. The first component of the program earns the participants New York State EMT Certification. Once certification is achieved, the participants move into the FDNY EMS Academy at Fort Totten to learn FDNY policies and procedures. Upon graduation, they are promoted to FDNY Emergency Medical Technician.

Four members of this class are graduates of the FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety in Brooklyn. Nicholas Waldrop, Darryl Goodridge, Alaisha Francois and Tristen Echols are the first FDNY High School graduates to join the ranks of the FDNY uniformed service. Two additional members, Antonio Lucero and Angie Alburquerque, are graduates of an FDNY Emergency Medical Technician program at Grace Dodge Career and Technical Educational High School in the Bronx.

“The FDNY High School strives to introduce its students to future careers with the FDNY, either as firefighters, paramedics or emergency medical technicians,” said Commissioner Cassano. “These former students and all of our graduating EMTs have successfully completed a rigorous program that emphasizes core values of leadership and strength, and they are now joining the best Emergency Medical Service in the nation.”

Among this diverse new EMT class, ten different languages are spoken, including French, Creole, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Yoruba, Gaelic, Cantonese and Portuguese. Thirteen graduating EMTs have family members in the department and two are veterans of the US Military.



Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, Chief of Department Edward S. Kilduff, Chief of EMS Command John Peruggia, SBS Commissioner Robert W. Walsh, SBS Deputy Commissioner Angie Kamath, many other FDNY officials, EMS members and their families


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


Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 11 a.m.

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

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