On Oct. 9, the FDNY hosted a Youth Winter EMS Academy and Youth Summer EMS Academy Completion Ceremony at the FDNY EMS Academy in Queens to recognize 56 Youth Workforce Development (YWD) members for becoming Emergency Medical Technicians.
“You saw quite vividly how difficult and important the job of an EMT is in New York City, and you said, I want to do that too. I want to be there for people in need. I want to make a difference for others and I want to learn to save lives. That is truly remarkable,” said First Deputy Commissioner Laura Kavanagh.
Chief of EMS Operations Lillian Bonsignore added, “I can’t even begin to tell you how proud I am of your accomplishment. You became an EMT during a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, and that is truly extraordinary.”
Our YWD includes alumni from both the FDNY Captain Vernon A. Richard High School for Fire and Life Safety and the FDNY Exploring Program. Both initiatives are largely funded by the FDNY Foundation, the official not-for-profit of the New York City Fire Department.