On Wednesday, September 22nd, FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro presided over a graduation ceremony for 169 Probationary Emergency Medical Technicians.
The FDNY Foundation congratulates all 169 graduates and wishes them the best of luck as they begin their careers in the FDNY. We thank them for choosing a career of service and commitment to protecting the people and City of New York.
“Our new EMTS have made a commitment to provide outstanding emergency medical care to New Yorkers, despite the dangers and challenges they face every day. Last year, at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, our EMTs responded to record-breaking numbers of calls, with the importance of pre-hospital medical care highlighted every day. The bravery of the men and women you will join was on display every single day, when they continually showed up to do the hard work when everyone else was told to stay home. That commitment to service will define your careers, and it will leave an impact on the people whose lives you help when they need it most. You are now part of a proud tradition. You save lives for a living, a feat not many people can claim. When it’s your turn to act, I know you will respond quickly, remember your oath and demonstrate why the FDNY is the best emergency medical service in the world,” said Commissioner Nigro.
FDNY Chief of Department Thomas Richardson said, “You’ve entered a life of service, in a world-class organization, the FDNY. We are the gold standard in the EMS and Fire service. We have high expectations of you all. You’ve answered a calling to serve in a most noble profession. To save lives, there is no greater good than that. You all have completed a challenging training program and your training will serve you well. You have learned from world-class instructors at the EMS Academy. I look forward to seeing you and working with you out in the field. Welcome to the team.”
FDNY Chief of EMS Operations Lillian Bonsignore said, “It is humbling and inspiring to look out and see so many people who are dedicating their lives to this profession. You are now joining the ranks of the most extraordinary and dedicated first responders I have ever known. You have also joined while we continue to battle a global pandemic, a true indication of your commitment towards others. This job is a calling and we are so grateful it has called you. Our city just got a little safer thanks to people like you. Be well and be safe, congratulations.”
To view the full ceremony, please visit: bit.ly/092221EMSGrad
To see more photos from the graduation ceremony, please visit: bit.ly/3CyOrqc