The FDNY Foundation is proud to congratulate the newest class of leaders to graduate from the FDNY Officers Management Institute (FOMI).
The 16 FDNY members who participated in the program this year included four EMS Deputy Chiefs, two Supervising Fire Marshals and ten Fire Officers.
“When I came back to the Department a year ago as Commissioner, I immediately saw the impact FOMI had made on our Department,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. “For the first time, FDNY members received high level management training from leaders in the fields of business, homeland security and education – and that training has played a pivotal role in our success. We are so grateful to the Foundation for funding this program and helping the Department better protect New York City.”
FOMI is offered through Columbia Business School Executive Education and is funded entirely by the FDNY Foundation. The six-month program offers leadership and management training to fire and EMS members. It includes presentations by and discussions led by experts from the corporate community, government and homeland security.
“I can tell you first hand that FOMI made a tremendous impact on me. The knowledge I gained from my time in this program has been so important to my career and has helped lead me to the rank of Chief of Department,” said FDNY Chief of Department James Leonard. “This is important work and it will not only make each of you better leaders; it’s making us a much stronger Department.”
FOMI was developed in the wake of 9/11, to address the need for coordination of resources and response strategies with city agencies, levels of government, private and non-governmental responses.
There have been more than 200 FOMI graduates since the program’s inception. The program includes focused projects, in which participants create a proposal to help improve the Department’s policies and strategies. Projects from this FOMI class included examinations of ways to strengthen the Department’s intergovernmental and strategic partnerships, as well as proposals to expand computer-based training for units in the field and how to help make the work of Paramedics and EMTs safer. Previous FOMI projects have included improvements to members’ Personal Protective Equipment and a Modified Response program, which has reduced accidents and injuries for FDNY members.
“These senior members of the Department have chosen to dedicate their time and efforts to participating in this unique program,” said FDNY Foundation Chairman Stephen Ruzow. “We are proud to help facilitate their efforts by funding FOMI to improve the Department and to hone their leadership skills.”
“It is in great thanks to our partners and our supporters that we are able to fund programs like the FDNY Officers Management Institute,” said FDNY Foundation Executive Director Jean O’Shea. “The generosity of all who give to the FDNY Foundation allows us to offer opportunities like this, which in turn help the members of the Department further their training and better protect all who live in, work in and visit New York City.”
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"I can tell you first hand that FOMI made a tremendous impact on me. The knowledge I gained from my time in this program has been so important to my career and has helped lead me to the rank of Chief of Department. This is important work and it will not only make each of you better leaders; it’s making us a much stronger Department."