JUNE 2008VIEWPOINFROMT9Metro TechTHE NEWSLETTEROF THEN Y C F I R E D E PA R T M E N TMEDAL DAY 2008Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta and Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano join the 2008 FDNYMedal Day winners on the steps of City Hall.t was hero appreciation day on June 4as the FDNY celebrated Medal Day,awarding 44 medals to FDNY members who have gone above and beyondthe call of duty, saving lives underIIN THIS ISSUECommissioner’s MessagePage 2EMS WeekPage 8Medal Day WinnersPage 15Photo of the MonthPage 16FDNYNEWSextreme conditions.And this year's event was the firstcombined fire and EMS ceremony in theDepartment's history."Time after time the men and womenof the FDNY put themselves in nightmarish danger for one reason - to save the lifeof another," said Mayor MichaelBloomberg.As the sun peaked through the clouds,15 fire officers, one EMS officer, one firemarshal, 21 firefighters, five paramedics,five emergency medical technicians(EMTs), one EMS fellow and two firecompanies received medals during theannual ceremony on the steps of City Hall."Every medal represents a heroic act,"said Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scop-petta to the crowd of thousands. "To NewYorkers, these are stories of uncommonvalor, but to our [members], this is simplywhat they do day after day."Fire Lt. James Congema (Battalion 19,detailed to Ladder 41) was awarded thisyear's James Gordon Bennett Medal andNYS Honorary Fire Chiefs AssociationMedal for rescuing five residents - ranging in age from 11 to 50 - from a fire inthe Bronx on March 23, 2007."I was part of a great team that day," hesaid.With a grin, he added, "For the spotlight to be on me is a little uncomfortable,but I'm just going to enjoy today becauseI'll be back at work tomorrow."(Continued on page 14)

ViewPointNew State-of-the-Art Pumper Designed byFDNY Members to be Distributed Soonn the coming months, the FDNY will roll out new, stateof-the-art pumpers by Seagrave Fire Apparatus, whichwere designed specifically for the Department. Thesenew rigs include features that will improve drivability, safety and field operations.They were designed by a committee of approximately 25officers and firefighters from the field, Research and Development, Training, Safety, Operations, UFOA and UFA, aswell as representatives from the Bureau of Fleet and Technical Services, providing a cross-representation of personnel from the job. The group worked to make these pumpersthe safest and most efficient the Department has ever seen.They are being outfitted with a larger six-cylinder, Cummins diesel engine, which will provide smoother acceleration and better performance while responding to assignments, and will help operate the new 2,000 G.P.M. waterpump. A new, electronic Pro-Governor and Gates wereadded for water pressure control.Newly designed brackets for flex-hose storage wereadded to the side panel, for easier loading and removal.New emergency lighting, as well high mounted brake andturn signal lights, have been added to increase apparatusvisibility. And the entire cab is fabricated of stainless steelto prevent corrosion over time.I2The crew cab also was redesigned toincrease firefighter comfort and safety.The engine compartment has beenmoved to the front of the rig and the cab Commissioner’sMessageroof was raised eight inches to provide awalk-through in the rear, allowing firefighters more room for gear and tools.Steps and additional grab rails were added, as were storage compartments for tools, creating a safer environmentfor firefighters. Each seat position was made wider, so therewould be room for the PSS. Power windows were addedand an additional MDT display terminal was placed in therear cab.These new pumpers were created with the FDNY firefighter in mind, emphasizing both form and function. Seventy 2,000 G.P.M. rigs and one 2,000 G.P.M. high-pressurepumper (for Engine 8), were commissioned for firehousesthroughout the five boroughs. The new design currently isin production at the factory, with Seagrave anticipating 30to be delivered by the end of 2008.COMMISSIONER’S MESSAGE

June 2008New Chief Appointed to Head BFIRobert Byrnes Sworn in as Chief Fire Marshalssistant Chief Fire MarshalRobert Byrnes was sworn in aschief fire marshal on June 3,replacing the retiring chief, Louis Garcia.“Chief Byrnes is an invaluable asset tothis Department and a key figure in theBureau of Fire Investigations,” said FireCommissioner Nicholas Scoppetta duringthe ceremony at FDNY Headquarters.Chief Byrnes is a 26-year veteran ofthe FDNY. He served for eight years as aFirefighter in Brooklyn and Staten Island,and was promoted to fire marshal in 1989.In 1997, he was awarded the DeputyCommissioner Christine R. Godek Medalfor his investigative work on the Firefighter Louis Valentino fatality.He was promoted to supervisor in1999 and has worked in every commandwithin the Bureau of Fire Investigation,including the Special Investigations Unitwhere he was responsible for many highprofile investigations.In 2001, he was designated as theCommanding Officer of the BFI SpecialOperations Command, which oversees allof the Bureau of Fire Investigation’s specialized units. There he spearheaded several initiatives that enhanced the day-today investigations and streamlined filingof complaint reports.After the terrorist attacks of SeptemberAFire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta swears in Chief Robert Byrnes as the FDNY'snew chief fire marshal. Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano and Chief Byrnes'wife, Maria, took part in the ceremony.11, 2001, Chief Byrnes tracked all lost orstolen Department property and forwarded this information to the Joint TerroristTask Force. At that time he also served onthe Metropolitan Committee for CounterTerrorism.Chief Byrnes is a graduate of the FBINational Academy. In the fall of 2004, hewas selected to attend the FDNY/USMACombating Terrorism Leadership Program.“I want to say thank you to the FireCommissioner and Chief of Departmentfor having confidence in me,” ChiefByrnes said.Truth from the Ashes:Eleven fire marshals graduated fromthe Bureau of Fire Investigation (BFI)Academy on May 30, during a ceremony at FDNY Headquarters. Thegraduates will now enter a distancelearning program in the field, wherethey work closely with a seasoned firemarshal.FDNYNEWS3

ViewPoint21st Century Fire SafetyFirst new fire code in 100 years passed by City Councilire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta joined City Council SpeakerChristine Quinn on May 28 toannounce the City Council has approved anew Fire Code for New York City.It will replace the existing code, whichis more than 100 years old.“This was a complete overhaul of thefire code, four years in the making” saidSpeaker Quinn during a press conferenceat City Hall.The Code is based on the InternationalFire Code with amendments to addressthe New York’s urban needs. The newcode is more modern, comprehensive andaccessible.Among the many changes is the newrequirement that the code be reviewedevery three years, to ensure amendmentswill be made when necessary.Commissioner Scoppetta said this“consistent review will ensure that it willkeep current.”“These changes are going to makeFNew York safer,” he said. “Itwas redrafted from top to bottom to meet the needs of thisgreat city.”Other changes includerequirements for fire apparatus and rooftop access inbuildings as well as labelingand color-coding rooftopinstallations.The revision project washeaded by FDNY CounselJulian Bazel and Director of Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta announces thatCode Revision James Hansen the City Council has approved a new Fire Code for Newas well as Chief of Fire Pre- York City. He was joined by (L to R) Chief of Departmentvention Thomas Jensen, rep- Salvatore Cassano, Councilmember David Weprin,resentatives from the City Councilmember Miguel Martinez and Council SpeakerCouncil and Department of Christine Quinn.Buildings, FDNY fire chiefs,inspectors, engineers andin writing and in a public forum, whichlegal staff.more than 200 people attended.A draft of the Fire Code was publiclyMayor Michael Bloomberg is expectedunveiled in December 2007 and Newto sign the Fire Code on June 3, 2008, andYorkers were invited to submit commentsit will take effect on July 1, 2008.Fire Danger and NYC ChildrenChild Fatality Report released focusing on child deaths from fireshe second annual ChildFire Commissioner NicholasFatality Report, whichScoppetta.reviewspreventableNine out of every 10 childfatalities among children agesfatalities from fire were startedone to 12 years, was released onin the home, when an adult wasMay 29. This year’s documentpresent. And working smokefound that fires are the secondalarms were present in onlyleading cause of child deathsone quarter of the homes wherefrom injuries in New York resulted in death.“When a child dies, a piece“Any loss of a child’s life isof New York’s future dies asunacceptable,” said City Counwell,” said Mayor Michaelcil Speaker Christine Quinn.Bloomberg during a press con“But you can take concreteference at the Bedford- Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta discusses the Child Fatali- steps to prevent these deathsty Report with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council SpeakerStuyvesant YMCA.from happening.”The report analyzed six years Christine Quinn and Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, Commissioner of theThe first cause of preventaof data (from 2001 to 2006), New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.ble fatalities was automobileincluding 43 residential firesaccidents, according to theinvolving child deaths. Thereport.tended or overloaded outlets – or childrenresearch indicated that 85 percent of thoseYou can read the full Child Fatalityplaying with matches or lighters.fires were set accidentally.Report at“The best way to fight a fire is to preIt indicated many were caused by adultvent it – this report emphasizes that,” saidbehavior – such as leaving candles unat-T4FDNYNEWS

June 2008Remembering HeroesPlaque honoring EMD members unveiledsomber ceremony marked thededication of a plaque honoringseven active emergency medicaldispatch (EMD) members who have diedin recent years.Dozens of family members and friendsgathered at Fire Headquarters on May 9 toremember Lt. Brian Ellicott and EMTsPatricia Johnson, Peter Zaborowski,Robert Cunningham III, Paul Langa,Lawrence Marx and Pamela Walsh.“We’ll never forget your loved onesand we’ll never forget you,” Chief ofDepartment Salvatore Cassano told thefamilies. “We’re here to remember themand how important their work was to us.”The members were remembered asbeing mentors and the ultimate professionals.“It’s important that you continue torealize that your loved ones were ourloved ones,” said Chief of EMS JohnPeruggia. “We recognize everything yourAFamily members of the seven active members of EMD who have died in recent yearsgathered at FDNY Headquarters to honor their loved ones during a plaque unveilingceremonyfamily members have done for us andthey will not be forgotten.”The plaque, bearing the name and dateof death of each member, will hang at theEMD office in Brooklyn.Going the DistanceCivilian members honored for years of dedicated service to cityivilian members with a long history of service to the City were honored by the FDNY’s Quality ofWork Life Committee during an Employee Recognition Awards ceremony on May16 at Headquarters.“I don’t think many people realize thatbehind the FDNY’s firefighters and EMSmembers there is a dedicated group ofcivilian professionals that make it possible for them to do their job each day,” saidFire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta.During the ceremony, Supervising Dispatcher Robert Carolan was honored for60 years of service to the FDNY.“It’s the only job I ever had,” said Mr.Carolan, who joined the Department in1947 and retired in late 2007.Also honored were four members whohave served 40 years, eight with 35 years,19 with 30 years, 69 with 25 years(including Jorge Esquilin in memoriam)and 262 with 20 years. Two members alsoCFDNYNEWSRetired Supervising Dispatcher Robert Carolan receives a plaque honoring his 60years of dedicated service to the FDNY. Also honored during the ceremony wereDepartment members who have served 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years.received education awards.“It takes every one of you to make surethis department runs as well as it does,”said Chief of Department Salvatore Cas-sano. “We are the greatest fire departmentin the world because of each of you sittinghere today.”5

ViewPoint10 Years Later – Remembering Two FDNY HeroesFDNY Remembers Atlantic Avenue Firedecade after the tragic AtlanticAvenue fire, which took the livesof Capt. Scott LaPiedra of Ladder 176 and Lt. James Blackmore ofEngine 332, more than a hundred FDNYmembers gathered at the site of the blazeon June 5 to remember the tragic day.“Ten years ago this was an ugly place,”said Monsignor John Delendick, whogave the evening mass at 2530 AtlanticAvenue. “But now it is beautiful, it issacred, because it holds the souls of ScottLaPiedra and James Blackmore.”Four wood-frame homes on AtlanticAvenue were destroyed by the fire onJune 5, 1998. Today, the lot remainsempty, with a small monument created inhonor of the two brave men that wasunveiled during the ceremony.Among those attending the ceremonywere the LaPiedra and Blackmore families, as well as Lt. Brian Baiker andretired Firefighter Terrence Quinn, bothof whom were seriously injured in thefire. Also attending was the family ofCapt. Timothy Stackpole, a firefighterwho also was critically injured in the fire,but who lost his life on September 11,2001.Atlantic Avenue FireAt 8:22 p.m. on June 5, 1998, firefighters responded to a reported mattressfire at in a three-story home at 2530Atlantic Avenue in East New York.A second alarm was called 10 minutesADO YOU HAVE AGREAT STORYTO SHARE?HOW ABOUTAN UPCOMING EVENT?EMAIL THE VIEWPOINT [email protected] new memorial stands at 2530 Atlantic Avenue, honoring the firefighters who lost theirlives in the tragic fire on June 5, 1998.after first units arrived, but the fire quickly engulfed four neighboring wood-framebuildings. Within an hour, the fire hadescalated to a fifth alarm and more than225 firefighters and 52 units were on thescene.A woman on the street told firefightersher elderly mother was inside the home,so firefighters, led by Capt. ScottLaPiedra of Ladder 176, ran into thebuilding to do a search.When they reached the second floor, aball of flames burst from the ground floorand the second floor collapsed, throwingthem into the fire and covering them inburning debris. (It was later learned thatthe elderly woman had already evacuatedthe building when the firefightersentered.)Lt. James Blackmore of Engine 332was killed in the collapse.Capt. Scott LaPiedra was sufferedthird and fourth degree burns over 70 percent of his body and had been uncon-scious in a hyperbolic chamber at JacobiMedical Center following the blaze. Helater died on July 4, 1998.Three other firefighters were seriouslyinjured in the fire. Lt. Timothy Stackpoleof Ladder 103 and Probationary Firefighter Brian Baiker of Engine 332 sufferedsecond and third degree burns overapproximately 30 percent of their bodies.Firefighter Terence Quinn of Engine 332also was badly burned in the fire. All threewere treated at New York PresbyterianWeill Cornell Medical Center Burn Unitand released.Firefighter Baiker was promoted tolieutenant in February 2008. He nowworks out of Engine 79 in the Bronx.Firefighter Quinn retired in 1993, withmore than 16 years on the job.After a miraculous recovery, Lt. Stackpole was promoted to the rank of captainon September 9, 2001 – yet tragically, hewas killed just two days later at the WorldTrade Center.FDNYNEWS

June 2008Hero's CornerIntersection in the Bronx named to honor Lt. Carplukhe corner of Monroe Avenue and175th Street in the Bronx will forever be known as Lt. Howard J.Carpluk Place.Dozens of firefighters and members ofLt. Carpluk’s family gathered at Engine42 for the official street renaming ceremony on May 2.“Today is a day that we remind theCarpluk family that they are part of ourfamily and we will be there for you ingood times and in bad,” said Chief ofDepartment Salvatore Cassano.Lt. Carpluk and Probationary Firefighter Michael Reilly of Engine 75 weretragically killed on August 28, 2007,while battling a three-alarm fire at 1575Walton Avenue, a one-story 99-cent storenear the Grand Concourse.FDNY units entered the building in asearch for fire and victims when a collapse occurred, fatally injuring the firefighters.“We should take this as a gift fromNew York and the Bronx,” said Lt.Stephen Wall of Engine 42. “It’s now ourduty to inform new firefighters of whoHowie was a man who always reported for duty with a big smile on his face.”TAmong those attendingthe ceremony were Lt.Carpluk’s wife, Debra, hisdaughter, Paige, and his son,Bradley.“[Lt. Carpluk] made theultimate sacrifice to protectour way of life,” said BronxBorough President AdolfoCarrion.Sherman Brown Community Liaison for Councilmember Maria Baez presented a duplicate street signto the Carpluk family,adding, “thank you for loaning Howie to us – keep yourhead up high because yourhusband and father was agreat American hero.”Debra Carpluk, the wife offallen Fire Lt. HowardCarpluk, and their children, Bradley and Paige,unveil a new street signhonoring her husband onthe corner of MonroeAvenue and 175th Street inthe Bronx.EMS Members Save Life of Correction Officer in Cardiac Arrestaramedics Favian Salazar andMichael King saved the life of acorrection officer at Riker’s Island onMay 12.They were called to Riker’s at aroundnoon for a man experiencing chestpains.The team said the patient was with adoctor at the clinic and was hooked up toPan electrocardiogram (EKG) machine thatindicated his heart was stressed.“We knew right away that he was notin good shape,” said Paramedic Salazar.They transported him to the ambulanceand while on route to Elmhurst HospitalCenter, the officer went in to cardiacarrest.The paramedics began doing CPR onthe victim and shocked him once to restorehis heartbeat. After arriving at the hospital,he was rushed to the catheterization laband is currently in stable condition.“They did everything by the numbers.They couldn’t have done anything better,”said Deputy Chief Howard Sickles. “Thiswas the true essence of a save.”FDNY EMS Saves Cardiac Arrest Patient in BrooklynDNY paramedics and EMTs savedthe life of a 50-year-old man whowent into cardiac arrest in Brooklyn onMay 13.At around 9:15 a.m. EMTs NelsonRivera and Franklin Rodriguez arrived onthe scene at around 9:15 a.m. and found atraffic agent doing mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing on a man on the street.FFDNYNEWSThey found the man to have no pulse,so they began doing CPR until Paramedics Ray Nirrengarten and HowardAuerbach arrived on the scene.The FDNY EMS members inserted atube to help the victim breathe, shockedhis chest to restart his heart, hooked upa cardiac monitor and administereddrugs.They then transported him to WycoffHospital in stable condition.Yet when asked how it felt to save alife, the EMS members remained humble.“It’s just part of our job,” said Paramedic Nirrengarten.EMT Rodriguez agreed: “It was good,but it’s what we do every day.”7

ViewPointEMS Week 2008:ew Yorkers saw why the 3,000members of the EMS Commandare considered the City’s best andbrightest as the Department celebratedEMS Week in May.The annual weeklong series of eventscelebrate the life-saving work the city’sparamedics and EMTs do each day.“Each year during EMS Week, theFDNY gets the opportunity to celebrate theoutstanding work our paramedics, EMTsand EMS officers,” said Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta. “Whether they areresuscitating a victim of cardiac arrest ordelivering a newborn baby, these men andwomen truly are New York City heroes.”Each day EMS personnel respond tomore than 3,000 calls – that’s more than 1.2million runs each year.“This job requires quick thinking andextraordinary skill,” said Chief of the EMSCommand John Peruggia. “It’s challenging, stressful and demanding but it’s alsoextremely rewarding.”EMS Week celebrations kicked off onMay 17, as EMS members peddled theirbikes from Station 20 at Jacobi MedicalCenter in the Bronx to Roanoke, Va., as partof the Annual National EMS MemorialWeekend. This year’s ride was in memoryof Lt. Brian Ellicott, EMD.The week continued with eventsthroughout the five boroughs.N14th AnnualSecond Chance BrunchNine victims of cardiac arrest – rangingin age from 1- to 87-years-old – had thechance to thank the FDNY members whosaved their lives at the 14th Annual SecondChance Brunch on May 19.“Today’s celebration of lives savedhelps us look beyond the statistics andgives us a chance to meet the real peoplewho have been touched by the work ourmembers do each day,” Fire CommissionerNicholas Scoppetta said during the ceremony at the Fire Academy on Randalls Island.Tears of joy and embraces marked theceremony, which included the emotionalreunion of the paramedics, EMTs and fire-8EMS Lt. Kim Weaver of Station 32 meets Shamia Jones and her mom, Lora, at the Second Chance Brunch. Lt. Weaver resuscitated Shamia when she choked on a candy andwent into cardiac arrest when she was just a year old.fighters with the victims they saved.“Thank you to our members for thework you do in the field every day,” saidChief of Department Salvatore Cassano.Chief of EMS John Peruggia added: “Ican’t think of a better way to kick off EMSWeek 2008 than by honoring our own.”Among the survivors was Shamia Jones,who was just a year old when she wasresuscitated by EMS Lt. Kim Weaver ofStation 32 on October 14, 2006.The family was driving home whenShamia began choking on a piece of candy.They flagged down Lt. Weaver, who hadjust started her shift and was driving behindthem. She did the Heimlich maneuver onthe girl, then performed three rounds ofback blows and chest thrusts until the candywas dislodged.“She just jumped out of her car, kickedinto action and saved my baby’s life,” saidLora Jones, Shamia’s mother. “We neverforgot her and I always looked forward toseeing her again.”During the event, Ms. Jones also read apoem written by her other daughter,Shanaya, about the rescue, ‘Thank You ItWould Be,’which included the line: “Thankyou for saving her because you saved a partof me.”Yet Lt. Weaver remained humble aboutthe rescue, “It’s very poignant. It’s extremely gratifying and I’m grateful to the Department for giving me the training that enabledme to step in and help.”Another survivor attending the eventwas 87-year-old Catherine Manning, whowent into cardiac arrest at her home onDecember 25, 2007.Her son, Daniel, who is a retired firefighter from Ladder 43, immediately begandoing CPR on his mother until firefightersfrom Engine 308 in Queens arrived. Theythen attached a breathing mask to thewoman and used an external defibrillator(AED) to deliver one shock, successfullyrestarting her heart.Ms. Manning said she was thrilled to beable to thank her rescuers, even telling herfamily in Ireland about the event.“I told [my rescuers] ‘thank you,’” shesaid.“And one of them told me, ‘MerryChristmas,’” she said with a laugh, referring to the date of her rescue.“It was a very merry Christmas,” saidher son, Daniel. “She’s living proof thatwhen everybody works together, thingswork out.”(Continued on Page 9)FDNYNEWS

June 2008Believe in Miracles, Believe in UsThe team from Station 8 won the ALS competition and Station 39 took home first place for BLS. (L to R) Chief of EMS John Peruggia, EMT Leon Michael, EMT Lyonel Rosemond, Lt. Steven Dubin, Paramedic Christopher Bilz, Lt. Joseph Hudak, Paramedic Donald Faeth, Division 1 Chief Frances Bascale and FDNY Dr. David Prezant.(Continued from Page 8)EMS CompetitionEMS members responded to a call onMay 21 and found a man complaining of asprained ankle that he suffered while running.As the team treated him, a womanapproached to learn of his condition, butthe victim identified her as the individualchasing him. Then she took out a pocketknife and stabbed him in the chest, yelling“this is for my sister.”An undercover police officer saw thewhole scenario, struggled with the perp andshot her.Then as the EMS members treated thetwo victims, the police officer experienceda serious asthma attack.The EMS members had their hands full,and that’s just what everyone from theFDNY’s Office of Medical Affairs wanted.The scenario was all part of the 8th AnnualEMS Competition in Metrotech Commons.“The EMS Competition is a highlightfor us because it gives us the opportunity toFDNYNEWScelebrate the work our EMS officers, paramedics and EMTs do each day,” said Chiefof EMS John Peruggia.Six advanced life support (ALS) andseven basic life support (BLS) teams competed in the dramatic competition.“We’re trying to create challenging situ-ations that they need to think through,” saidorganizer EMT Chris Swanson from theFDNY’s Office of Medical Affairs. “We’retrying to overwhelm them.”He noted that they tried to get the teamsto use a variety of skills they use each day(Continued on Page 16)Six ALS and seven BLS teams competed in the 8th Annual EMS Competition.9

ViewPointIraq by Way of City HallFirefighter Christopher Little meets the Mayor before being deployedefore Firefighter Christopher Little will be deployed with the U.S.Marine Corps in early June, heand his family met with Mayor MichaelBloomberg, Fire Commissioner NicholasScoppetta and Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano at City Hall on May 29.Wearing his new Engine 303 collarbrass, Firefighter Little and his parents,Mike and Pat, as well as his girlfriend,Tricia, spent several minutes speakingwith the Mayor, Commissioner and Chiefbefore getting a tour of City Hall.Firefighter Little, 23, will be deployedfor approximately 10 months – spendingseven or more in Iraq – this will be hissecond tour of duty.He mentioned that he always wantedto be a firefighter. Although he will misshis graduation on June 30, his family saidthey will attend the ceremony in hishonor.“You are serving your city and yourBProbationary Firefighter Christopher Little meets Mayor Michael Bloomberg, FireCommissioner Nicholas Scoppetta and Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano justdays before he left for Iraq with the,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “I willthink of you at Proby Graduation andwish you all the best.”Commissioner Scoppetta and ChiefCassano uttered similar sentiments.“We look forward to seeing you backsafe,” the Commissioner said.Read about firefighter Little’s surprisegraduation on page 11.Fireboat Blessing: The FDNY celebrated its Marine Unit on Flag Day, June 14, during the 7th Annual Blessing of the Fleetceremony at the South Street Seaport. During the ceremony, FDNY Chaplains Monsignor John Delendick and ReverendStephen Harding blessed seven fireboats (and one Coast Guard vessel). The FDNY’s Marine Division protects New York City’s560 miles of waterfront. It was formed on May 10, 1875, following the purchase of the Department’s first fireboat, the WilliamF. Havermeyer. And by the end of 2009, the FDNY anticipates the delivery of two new fireboats that will support the everincreasing volume of commuter, recreational and commercial traffic that passes through the local waterways.10FDNYNEWS

June 2008Serving all FrontsFire/EMS promotions and surprise graduation honor members’ service to city, countryt was a day to celebrate the FDNY andits members’ dedicated service to theUnited States.Twenty-two members of the Fire andEMS Command were promoted during anenthusiastic ceremony at the Fire Academy on May 8. One of the promoted members, Battalion Chief Steven P. Fitzgerald,will be deployed to Iraq with the ArmyNational Guard in June.Also during the ceremony, Probationary Firefighter Christopher Little receivedhis certificate of completion from theAcademy, since he is due to be deployedto Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps beforehis graduation ceremony in June.“Few people understand the beauty ofIconquering fear better than the membersof this Department,” said Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta.In all, one member was promoted toEMS division chief, four to fire battalionchief, one to EMS captain, 15 to fire lieutenant and one to provisional marine engineer.“Your number one mission is to makesure all your members go home safely,”said Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano. “It’s not an easy job, but it can bevery gratifying.”Also among the promoted memberswas Battalion Chief Robert Ginley, whosebrother, Lt. John Ginley, was tragicallykilled on September 11, 2001.Probationary Firefighter Christopher Little receives a special graduation ceremony during Promotions. He was deployedto Iraq in early June and will miss ProbyGraduation.Becoming Better Leaders15 graduate from FDNY Officers Management Instituteifteen fire and EMS officers graduated from the FDNY Officers Management Institute (FOMI) on May 30during a ceremony at Headquarters.Established in 2002, FOMI provides fireand EMS officers with a customized curriculum of leadership and managementtraining, which includes presentations byexperts from the corporate community,government and homeland security.“This program is designed to do exactlywhat it’s doing – enhancing the wealth ofinformation you have received and givingyou more tools for the future,” said FireCommissioner Nicholas Scoppetta.As part of the course, the officers created projects to enhance Department policyand strategy. This year’s projects includeddivision based training programs, improvedinternal communications initiatives, alternative means of transportation for non-priority patients, and improving informationand intelligence sharing techniques.“This year’s projects were spectacular,”said Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano. “You can see the amount of work thatwent into them.”FOMI is a six-month program offeredthrough Columbia University’s Picker Cen-FFDNYNEWSFifteen fire an

ference at the Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA. The report analyzed six years of data (from 2001 to 2006), including 43 residential fires involving child deaths. The research indicated that 85 percent of those fires were set accidentally. It indicated many were caused by adult behavior – such