The FDNY Foundation joins the FDNY in congratulating the newest class of the FDNY Fire Officers Management Institute (FOMI). The graduation ceremony took place at FDNY Headquarters in Brooklyn on Wed., June 13.
“Each of you has had the rare opportunity to participate in this program which takes experienced and dedicated fire and EMS officers, and makes them even stronger leaders,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. “Our greatest resource continues to be the high caliber of people who serve, and FOMI is a tremendous investment in that resource. ”
“You’ve learned aspects of management and leadership that you may have never known or thought of before,” said FDNY Chief of Department James Leonard. “That’s what FOMI does – it broadens your perspective and improves what you do as an Officer in the FDNY. All of your effort through this program has made you better able to lead and manage, and that’s going to benefit your careers and our Department as a whole.”
FOMI was established in 2002; since its inception, the FDNY Foundation has invested more than $4 million in the program. The program was developed based on a recommendation in the McKinsey Report done in the wake of September 11th. FOMI aims specifically to continue to make the FDNY more resilient and stronger by giving high-ranking officers a solid foundation in management principles and leadership strategy.
“It was a great experience,” said FDNY Deputy Chief Paul Miano, one of 16 FDNY members graduating from the FDNY Officers Management Institute. “We were able to learn leadership techniques and strategies from a different angle that we would normally not experience during our everyday routine. It really makes you a leader and makes you look deep within yourself to self-reflect.”
“This training was very beneficial,” said FDNY Deputy Chief Russell Regan, another FOMI graduate. “It was realistic and it has already improved my ability to do my job. I use it to interact with my superiors, peers, and members that I supervise. A lot of the training has to do with working together, really listening to each other, and giving clear directions. It helped sharpen my ability to get the job done.”
The six-month program is offered through the Columbia Business School and includes instruction from educators at Columbia, NYU, Wharton and the University of Pittsburgh, as well as business leaders from corporations like General Electric.
This class included four Battalion Chiefs, nine Deputy Chiefs, two Supervising Fire Marshals and one Captain. Participants in this class completed projects focused on management of large-scale disasters, how technology can further enhance our response and communication, ways to improve the collaboration between the FDNY and the Buildings Department and a comparison of the Army’s code of ethics with the FDNY’s core values.
There have been more than 200 FOMI graduates since the program’s inception.
To see more photos from the graduation ceremony, please click here.
“It was a great experience. We were able to learn leadership techniques and strategies from a different angle that we would normally not experience during our everyday routine. It really makes you a leader and makes you look deep within yourself to self-reflect.”