Today, meet Station 50 Paramedic Eric Feng, who has been serving in our EMS for nearly a decade.
“When my grandmother was alive, she needed emergency services a couple of times. I always remembered the crews being professional and taking good care of her. It planted a seed for my aspiration to give back to my community one day. Fast forward to my health class in college, one of my professors introduced me to an EMT program, which immediately caught my eye. I started with the Department as an EMT in 2012 and attended Paramedic Basic five years later after passing the screening. Once I graduated from the intense nine-month paramedic program at the FDNY EMS Academy, I worked at Station 44 in the Brownsville and now I’m Station 50 in Queens,” said Feng.
When he’s not working in an ambulance, he spends his time motivating others to join the Department.
“I’m an active recruiter in the FDNY Recruitment and Retention Unit. I help to facilitate the filing process, guide candidates on the Physical Ability Test (PAT), and help more people qualify as EMTs and Paramedics,” he explained. “When I speak to people about this career, I let them know that we always come home with a sense of achievement just by being on the street and showing up when people need help. New York City is such a dynamic environment where you are faced with vastly different types of medical situations all the time. It’s challenging working here, but at the same time, it’s always a super valuable learning experience. If you’re looking to help your community and make it better, stronger, and healthier, FDNY EMS is a place where you can realize that mission and carry it on to future generations. Just stay focused on your goals and keep working to get here.”
Read about the hiring requirements to join FDNY EMS here.