L adder 124 Firefighter Richard Mercado is proud to be serving in the borough that brings back so many great childhood memories. In addition to his work location feeling like a home away from home, he also credits his excellent discipline and physical condition prior to joining the FDNY as part of what has helped him achieve longevity in his career.
“I’m Brooklyn born and raised so I know this borough like the back of my hand. Being Puerto Rican, and working in the predominantly Latino area that I grew up in feels great. I’m representing, serving, and protecting my neighborhood, and that makes me feel proud,” said Mercado, a 21-year veteran in our Department. “Whether you’re in the process of getting on the job or if you have been on this job for as long as I have, you have to be ready at all times. Training as a Probationary Firefighter at the Fire Academy lasts for many weeks, but you never stop learning on this job. I have learned so much in the firehouse and I continue to learn every day. The ability to always learn on the job has afforded me tremendous opportunities, including going to Chauffeur Training School early in my career and I’ve been driving a FDNY Engine or Truck for almost 20 years. This is a great career.”