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Meet Emergency Medical Technician Frank Dades from Station 23 in Staten Island.
Dades joined the FDNY in 2018 and is approaching his third year with the Department in June.
A resident of Staten Island, Dades worked in construction prior to becoming a first responder and he noted that he truly enjoys giving back to the borough he calls home in such an extraordinary way.
“I went to EMT school while I was working a full-time job,” he explained. “I applied online via DCAS once I completed training for my EMT certification and was pleased when I got the call from FDNY because I wanted to help others. This Department has so many opportunities for its members for growth and advancement, this is just the beginning.”
“My passion is to help people in any way possible. I am a strong believer in maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” he added. “If you are interested in becoming an EMT, I would suggest that you get physically and mentally prepared. It’s a fast-paced career and we are faced with unorthodox situations. It can consist of walking up 10 flights of stairs carrying a patient in a stair chair or performing CPR to someone in small spaces for a significant amount of time in 95-degree weather. Our job requires physical stamina. Every day is something different and you never know what your next call will be. This job is a calling. It’s a lifestyle and if you have a passion for helping people, then this is the career for you. It’s extremely rewarding saving lives and having an impact on a stranger.”
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