FDNY Members Offer Career Guidance to Students in the New York Urban League
FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano, second from left, and, FDNY First Deputy Commissioner Don Shacknai, right, welcomed New York Urban League President Arva Rice, left, and members of the League to the Department's headquarters during Girl's Empowerment Day in March.
The FDNY's uniformed personnel and civilian staff shared career information and advice during two events for high school students in the New York Urban League in March.
Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano and First Deputy Commissioner Don Shacknai welcomed the League's President Arva Rice and the students to both events at FDNY Headquarters in Brooklyn.
FDNY firefighters discussed the daily responsibilities of a firefighter with members of the New York Urban League during Men's Empowerment Day.
During Girl's Empowerment Day on March 8, Firefighters Sarinya Srisakul and Tracey Lewis, and EMT Freda Scott explained their career responsibilities and challenges to three of the League's female students. Office of Recruitment and Diversity Deputy Director Nafeesah Noonan also discussed her experiences working as a civilian member of the Department. During this visit, which was also held in recognition of Women's History Month, students also participated in speed mentoring sessions with staff members in the Department's Office of Recruitment and Diversity and toured Engine 207 in Brooklyn.
Then, on March 22, male students in the New York Urban League received career advice and guidance from Firefighters John Coombs, Khalid Baylor, Hisham Tawfiq and Aaron Gardner during Men's Empowerment Day. The seven high schoolers were also given the opportunity to speak to each firefighter one-on-one during rounds of speed mentoring and they toured Engine 207.
Both sessions were collaborative efforts between the FDNY's Office of Recruitment and Diversity and the New York Urban League, a local affiliate of the National Urban League organization.
City student Aramis Chalen suited up in full firefighter gear during Men's Empowerment Day in March.