With little fanfare, but with eager anticipation for the six-months ahead, the 13th class of the FDNY Foundation-funded FDNY Officers Management Institute (FOMI) got underway on Thurs., Oct. 23.
“FOMI has truly been instrumental in the rebuilding of this Department,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. “We are so grateful to the Foundation for its support of this program that continues to be a great source of strength as we move forward.”
FOMI is entirely funded by the FDNY Foundation. It 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. The six-month program is offered through the Columbia Business School and includes instruction from educators at Columbia and Wharton, as well as business leaders from corporations like General Electric and homeland security officials.
“The FDNY Officers Management Institute provides an extraordinary learning experience for these high-ranking members of the Department,” said FDNY Foundation Chairman Stephen Ruzow. “The participation of these senior officers speaks to their dedication to the improvement of the Department and we at the Foundation are honored to help facilitate that effort.”
This year, there are 16 participants in the program, including four EMS Deputy Chiefs, two Supervising Fire Marshals and ten Fire Officers.
“Our generous supporters allow us to fund important programs like FOMI,” said FDNY Foundation Executive Director Jean O’Shea. “This is one of the tangible ways we are truly supporting the FDNY in their efforts to build a stronger Department and ultimately, to keep New York City safer.”
In total, there have been 195 FOMI graduates since the program’s inception. The program includes focused projects, in which participants create a proposal they believe will help improve the Department’s policies and strategies. Previous FOMI projects have had real impacts on the Department: projects have included improvements to members Personal Protective Equipment and a Modified Response program, which as reduced accidents and injuries for FDNY members.
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“The FDNY Officers Management Institute provides an extraordinary learning experience for these high-ranking members of the Department. The participation of these senior officers speaks to their dedication to the improvement of the Department and we at the Foundation are honored to help facilitate that effort.”