Catch some of our Friday Vibes today as we learn about a very cool career here at the FDNY. Meet Auto Mechanics Roy Rampersaud and Ray Khan, who work in the FDNY Heavy Truck Repair Shop in Long Island City. The duo specializes in pumper truck inspections, which means on any given day, you can find them driving, testing or fixing numerous big body vehicles that help our members save lives citywide.
“I was born in Guyana and moved to New York City when I was 7 years old. Growing up, I was always interested in automobiles and fixing anything that I could get my hands on. I was a private mechanic for a dealership before working here and applied for the FDNY position through the DCAS civil service exam in 2016,” said Rampersaud, who joined the FDNY in 2016. “This is a great work environment. We’re not just repairing broken vehicles, we’re repairing vehicles that help save lives, and we take pride in knowing that our work provides safety to our first responders and the citizens of New York City.”
“Knowing that we provide a helping hand in emergency response and making sure the vehicles used by Firefighters are safe, makes me very happy,” added Khan, who joined the FDNY in 2014. “I moved to New York City from Guyana in 1997. I started working for the MTA in 2013 in track maintenance and was referred by a friend to take the DCAS civil service exam that same year. To anyone coming into this Department, I hope you take pride in whatever you do and you remember that this is a great place to work. I did not know this much about fire trucks before I got here, but I learned because you are always in a position to learn and grow within this Department.”
Interested in this career? Stay up to date with the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) civil service exams by clicking here.