FDNY welcomes 154 new emergency medical technicians

June 12, 2024

FDNY Graduation ceremony held at Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn

The FDNY celebrated the graduation of 154 probationary Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, as reported by FDNY.

The ceremony took place at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn.

Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh addressed the graduates, emphasizing the significance of their achievement: “Today marks a very momentous occasion for the Fire Department and for all of you, our graduates.

“You are now officially members of the greatest Fire Department in the world serving the people of the greatest city in the world.”

New EMTs hailed as city’s best first responders

Chief of EMS Operations Michael Fields praised the graduates for their dedication and readiness to serve the community.

He said: “You are the best, most dedicated first responders that our city has to offer. Together, you will make a difference in the lives of countless individuals.”

The new EMTs underwent a rigorous 16-week training program at the EMS Academy.

This cohort includes 14 members from the FDNY’s Youth Alumni Program and 11 military veterans.

The Youth Alumni Program has seen 181 of its members hired as cadets, EMTs, paramedics, and firefighters.

FDNY Youth Alumni Program contributions

The FDNY Youth Alumni Program continues to be a significant source of new recruits for the department.

Since its inception, it has provided opportunities for young individuals to pursue careers in emergency services.

The inclusion of 14 members from this program in the current graduating class highlights its ongoing success.

With 181 members already hired across various roles, the program underscores the department’s commitment to fostering new talent and providing career pathways for youth interested in public safety and emergency response.

Veterans’ role in the new class of EMTs

The latest graduating class of EMTs also includes 11 military veterans, reflecting the FDNY’s recognition of the valuable skills and experiences that veterans bring to emergency services.

These individuals have transitioned from military service to roles where they continue to serve and protect their community.

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