Today, meet Station 47 Emergency Medical Technician Andrew Ochtera. This first responder joined our Department in 2018 and always knew a career here was something that he wanted to pursue.
“I enjoy working for the FDNY because it’s not your typical nine to five. You get to help people every day you come into work, and the camaraderie you build amongst your coworkers can transition into years of friendship in your personal life,” he explained. “Growing up, I knew I wanted to work in the emergency services field. I knew a handful of people who worked here and was always so intrigued about how much they enjoyed their job and the professionalism and experience they carried with them every day.”
This past June, Ochtera was awarded the Chief James Scullion Medal at FDNY Medal Day for his heroic efforts on July 6, 2021. While working in our Operating the Alternate Support Apparatus (ASAP) Unit in Far Rockaway, Ochtera arrived on scene to a swimmer in danger of drowning due to a rip current at Beach 97th Street. Ochtera then swam to the patient with his rescue torpedo, brought the patient to shore, and with the help of his partner, rendered aid until additional resources arrived.
“I’m very grateful I was able to help that patient that day,” he said. “This is a career where we do what we can every day to help others. For anyone who is interested in joining this Department, speak to someone who works here. Have a one-on-one conversation and gain more personal insight into what it’s like working here.”
Looking to speak to one of our EMTs about their career? Don’t worry, we have you covered. Call our EMS recruiters today at (718) 999-FDNY(3369).