FDNY Holds Graduation Ceremony For 231 Probationary Firefighters

August 8, 2022

Acting Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh will preside at the graduation ceremony of 231 probationary Firefighters on Tuesday, August 9th at 10 a.m. at the Christian Cultural Center, 12020 Flatlands Avenue, Brooklyn. The ceremony can be viewed live on the Department’s website, www.nyc.gov/FDNY.

“New York City Firefighters respond 24/7, 365 days a year to all manner of dangerous incidents and emergencies, bravely putting their own lives on the line in service of others. Their diverse backgrounds equip them to respond in an ever-changing city and help to prevent fires through fire safety education for every community,” said Acting Commissioner Laura Kavanagh. “These men and women have been trained by the best, to be the very best, and now they too can call themselves New York City’s Bravest.”

People of color comprise 47% of the graduating probationary Firefighters – 26% identify as Hispanic, 14% as Black, and 7% as Asian American. There are 8 women in the class, bringing the total number of female Firefighters to 141 – the most in FDNY history.

Over their 18 weeks at the FDNY Training Academy, this class trained in all aspects of Firefighting: fire suppression and medical response, hazardous materials, collapse and confined space rescue training, auto extrication, building inspections and procedures for engine and ladder operations. The probationary Firefighters will be assigned to firehouses throughout the city.

WHO: Acting Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh; Chief of Department John Hodgens; Chief of Fire Operations John Esposito, other FDNY officials and their families.

WHERE: The Christian Cultural Center; 12020 Flatlands Avenue, Brooklyn

WHEN: Tuesday, August 9th – 10 a.m.