"On 12/28/17, despite heroic efforts from members of the FDNY, 12 New Yorkers, including four children, were killed in a five alarm fire in the Bronx, and four more people were left fighting for their lives. On 12/29, in another fire in Brooklyn, two…"
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Congressional Fire Service Institute
Fire Dept. Safety Officers Assoc.
Firefighter & EMS Foundation
Firefighters For Christ
Firemen's Assoc. State of New York
National Assoc. Emergency Medical Technicians
National Assoc. For Search And Rescue
National Assoc. of Hispanic Firefighters
National Vol. Fire Council
New York Retired Vol. Firefighters Assoc.
New York State Assoc. of Fire Chief's
New York State Vol. Ambulance and Rescue Assoc.
New Jersey and New York Vol. Firemen's Assoc.
Southern New York Vol. Firemen's Assoc.
Volunteer Firefighter Alliance
Active Shooter Awareness
Alternative Fuel Vehicles
Amateur Radio - Technician
Anaphylaxis and Epi Auto - Injector
Basic Hazmat Life Support
Behavioral Health for the Fire and Emergency Services
Bleeding Control for the Injured
BLS Health Care Provider
Burn Care - Pre - Hospital Provider
CEVO 3 - Ambulance
CEVO 3 - Fire
Chemical Suicide Awareness for First Responders
Child Abuse Reporting
Community Emergency Response Team
Confined Space - Awareness
Core Disaster Life Support
County Animal Response Team
Courage to Be Safe
Crime Scene Awareness
Crude By Rail Emergency Response
Developmental Disabilities Awareness
Effective Fire Dept. Leader
Electric Vehicle Safety Awareness
Elder Abuse Awareness
EmComm - Level 2
Emergency Oxygen Administration
Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance Awareness
Emergency Response to Terrorism
Emergency Services Risk Reduction Program
Energy Storage Systems Safety
Epilepsy and Seizure Response
Ethanol Emergency Response
FEMA EMI Professional Development Series
Fire Ground Accountability
Fire Ground Survival Awareness
Firefighter Bail Out System
Fire Service Ethics
First Aid - Advanced
Flood Cleanup Awareness
HazCom/Right To Know
HazMat Security Awareness
Highway Safety for Emergency Service Personnel
Human Trafficking Awareness
Incident Safety Officer Series
Injury Prevention on the Fire Ground
Is Your Department at its B.E.S.T.?
Leadership, Accountability, Culture and Knowledge
Leadership for the Fire and Emergency Services
LNG Awareness Emergency Response
Machinery Rescue - Awareness
Managing A Modern & Effective Fire Dept.
National Safety Culture Change Initiative
National Traffic Incident Management
Natural Gas Safety
Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Administration
Partnering For Prevention
Passenger Train Emergency Response
People with Disabilities Awareness
Pet First Aid and CPR
Pipeline Emergencies - Awareness
POV Safety Operation
Preventing and Coping with Suicide in the Fire and Emergency Services
Pyschological First Aid
Railroad Emergency Response HazMat Awareness
Railroad Safety Awareness
Responding To Utility Emergencies Awareness
Safety Tops Our Priorities
Sexual Harassment Awareness
Solar PV Safety for Firefighters
Stress First Aid for Fire and EMS Personnel
Structural Collapse - Awareness
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Surface Ice Rescue - Awareness
Suspicious Activity Reporting Fire - EMS
Swift Water Rescue - Awareness
Taking Care of Our Own
Train The Recruiter
Transgender Issues Awareness
Understanding and Utilizing International Fire Code
Wildland Fire Assessment Program
Numerous DHS/FEMA, Red Cross, USFA/NFA Certifications
Numerous firematic seminars and workshops
I was a 9/11 volunteer with NYC Transit. I am presently a volunteer firefighter with the Assn. Aux - Vol Firefighters in West Lawrence, NY, with the rank of Deputy Chief, on a disaster response team. I also volunteer, with the following organizations: NYC Medical Reserve Corps and Red Rover Responders.
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
After volunteering at Ground Zero on the pile, I felt that I needed to do more to help out the next time another disaster occurs. I then became involved in disaster response as a volunteer with several organizations. In 2008, I joined the fire service. I am grateful, that I am able to serve those in their time of need and give back to the community.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
I love being a part of the fire service, because it is truly a brotherhood, proud in tradition, and always there to serve.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Top issues that I feel are facing responders in the volunteer fire service are, recruitment and retention. Also the lack of funding for updated equipment, supplies and training is especially hard, on smaller departments.
On 12/28/17, despite heroic efforts from members of the FDNY, 12 New Yorkers, including four children, were killed in a five alarm fire in the Bronx, and four more people were left fighting for their lives. On 12/29, in another fire in Brooklyn, two more people perished. Today, we keep their families and loved ones in our thoughts and prayers.
We know that the number of fire deaths rise during the winter months. In the past few weeks, 24 New Yorkers have lost their lives to fire. This is the deadliest month in ten years. We also know that most fire deaths are preventable. Please make it mission priority this coming year to bring fire and life safety education to everyone in your community. We may not be able to eliminate fire deaths but we can help cut it down drastically.