Station 54

1. What is your name, title and years at FDNY? Where are you currently assigned, and what are your work-related responsibilities?

My name is Kinessa Duguid, and I am a paramedic for the FDNY. I am currently assigned to Station 54 in Springfield Gardens, and for the last 10 months I have been detailed to the Office of Special Projects & Events Unit. I joined the Department in April 2002.

My responsibilities as a paramedic involve providing advanced life support techniques to a patient dealing with any medical emergency. Whether that is cardiac arrest, a person having difficulty breathing or a sick child, I am prepared to perform to the best of my abilities to help ensure a positive outcome.

2. What called you to a life of public service at FDNY?

I have always been very interested in the medical field and the life of public service. To know the inner workings of the human body and to be able to use that knowledge to contribute to helping the people of New York City is very fulfilling.

3. Can you share one of your most memorable moments while working at FDNY?

Attending paramedic school provided some of the most memorable moments I can think of during my time here with the FDNY. I can tend to be shy in certain situations, but becoming a paramedic provided the challenge I needed to break out of that mold. Being a paramedic means that you are running the show from the moment you arrive on scene, and it’s important to always be confident in your skills.

4. What does We Are FDNY mean to you?

We are FDNY signifies a sense of identity, unity and pride among the members of the FDNY. It conveys a message of solidarity and teamwork within the community, emphasizing the shared commitment to serve and protect the City and its residents. This phrase embodies the spirit of cooperation and dedication that defines FDNY as an institution.

5. What is your superpower (best quality or skill)?

I’d like to think that my superpower is finding the solution to whatever problem is happening at the time. Having a positive attitude and knowing how to de-escalate things in dangerous situations reminds me that I am meant to do this and why I have continued to do this for the last 22 years.

6. How does your role support the public safety mission of the FDNY?

My role as a medical professional has supported the FDNY’s public safety mission by staying true to the oath I made many years ago to save lives. I have given supportive interventions and measures to New York City residents during the darkest and most vulnerable times, as well as their happiest moments. My skills and years of training have allowed me to be an asset to my own community. With that comes pride and resilience, in hopes of passing that training onto others who come after me as dedicated members of the FDNY.

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