[Share]Published: September 12, 2013
FDNY High School Alumni Become State Certified EMTs
FDNY Assistant Commissioner for Recruitment and Diversity Michele Maglione, third from left, congratulated the "Elite 11" for becoming state certified EMTs on Aug. 22. The 11 EMTs are also FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety alumni.
The FDNY celebrated the achievements of 11 newly-certified Emergency Medical Technicians on Aug. 22 during an EMT Basic Completion Ceremony at its Headquarters in Brooklyn.
The “Elite 11,” who are all FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety alumni, became New York State certified EMTs in August after participating in the FDNY’s Summer Scholarship Program at Fort Totten in Queens. The graduates completed six and a half weeks of training at the FDNY’s EMS Academy, which included both lecture and practical sessions about providing extensive pre-hospital medical care. Then, on Aug. 15, they passed the state exam.
“Before us tonight are not just any group of EMTs, these are top flight EMTs,” FDNY Assistant Commissioner for Recruitment and Diversity Michele Maglione said during the ceremony. “These EMTs are taught by the best to be the best. They are the Elite Eleven.”
The high school, which is housed in Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, is a small thematic school that includes a special emphasis on the academic, physical and moral rigors of emergency response in its curriculum. It serves students in 9th through 12th grade.
The ceremony, which featured a keynote address from FDNY Division Medical Director Dr. Bradley Kaufman, also served as a way to recognize the emergency medical service career accomplishments of all the high school’s alumni. To date, 59 graduates have become state certified EMTs. In addition, 10 of those 59 graduates are serving as FDNY EMTs while another 10 are working as EMTs for private ambulance companies.
“It won’t be long until this group of eleven rescue workers will join our other EMTs out in the field,” Maglione said. “And when you bump into each other at a job or at the ER, you will know you are with family: your FDNY High School family.”
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