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Press Releases / 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JuLY 13, 2014

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO AND FIRE COMMISSIONER DANIEL A. NIGRO SWEAR-IN NEW CLASS OF PROBATIONARY FIREFIGHTERS

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro will swear-in a new class of Probationary Firefighters (Probies) on Monday, June 14 at 8 a.m. at the FDNY Training Academy on Randall’s Island. In this new class 37 percent of the recruits are women and people of color.  The probationary firefighters, known as “Probies,” will attend a rigorous training program at the Department’s Fire Academy located on Randall’s Island. 

Among the entering class, 14 percent identify as Black, 20 percent as Hispanic and two percent as Asian. The class includes 5 women, which including 41 female Firefighters actively serving in the field, brings the total number of female Firefighters to 46 – the highest total in FDNY history.  This past decade, the Fire Department has doubled the number of Firefighters from minority backgrounds serving in New York City.

Over their 18 weeks at the FDNY Training Academy, this class will be extensively trained in all aspects of their job as Firefighters including fire suppression and medical response, hazardous materials, collapse and confined space rescue training, and auto extrication; building inspections and procedures for engine and ladder operations.

Who:

Mayor Bill de Blasio; Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro; Chief of Department Edward S. Kilduff; Chief of Training Thomas Galvin; and many other FDNY officials and their families.

Where:

FDNY Training Academy Building 9 Auditorium, Randall's Island

When: 

Monday, July 14 – 8:30 a.m.

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

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

 

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