On this Monday morning, the spotlight is on Firefighter Candidate Mentorship Program (FFCMP) Manager Jéneen Gilliam. Since being featured on Join FDNY in 2018, she has advanced her career to lead the Mentorship Program, and also serves as an Executive Program Manager for Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh. In the latter role, she assists the Commissioner with special projects, including developing initiatives to assist with recruitment, operations, training and more.
“Working in public service is a great career because you can always find new and innovative ways to help the community. I’ve been helping New Yorkers since I was a 19-year-old Contract Manager at the New York City Housing Authority. It all started there for me and having the opportunity to now help the largest municipal fire department in the country has been a dream come true for me. The Mentorship Program continues to be an excellent resource for our Firefighter Candidates to utilize to get an early start in learning all that it takes to succeed at this career. We’re very proud of our former Mentees who are now Firefighters working across our city and the current Mentees who are still training to get this job,” she explained. “My work with this administration has also been rewarding because I’m working with my colleagues in different bureaus throughout this agency to help make the FDNY even greater. That’s why I love my career. You can help in more ways than one.”
The FFCMP pairs Firefighter Candidates with Fire Officers or Firefighters who serve as their Mentors throughout the hiring process. If the Mentees become Probationary Firefighters, the Mentors also provide them with guidance during the Fire Academy and the early part of their career. The initiative’s Annual Mentor-Mentee Day in the Park is scheduled to return at “The Rock” on Aug. 6. If you’re an Exam #7001 Candidate who scored 99 percent or above, save the date!
“This is the eighth year we’ve hosted this event for our Mentees. It’s always a fun day where they can spend time training with their Mentor, meet other Mentees who are completing the hiring process and really experience a glimpse of what it’s like being a part of the FDNY family,” added Gilliam, who’s been working for the FDNY for almost 10 years. “If you’re completing the hiring process, check your e-mail and reply back to us to get registered and get ready for a fun afternoon with the FFCMP Team.”