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WE CONTINUE OUR WORK FOR THE 9/11 COMMUNITY DURING THE CORONAVIRUS HEALTH CRISIS

Like you, we’re closely monitoring the latest news about the coronavirus. It is our mission to serve the 9/11 community, and we will continue our work throughout this health crisis. Our office is open, and our dedicated attorneys and staff are hard at work. In an abundance of caution, some of our staff will begin […]

NYC Fire Fatalities Down in 2019 but Medical Emergencies Rise

A sharp reduction in New York City fire deaths during 2019 gives everyone who lives, works or vacations in the city cause to thank the firefighters who keep them safe. At the same time, statistics show a spike in medical emergencies generating an FDNY response, demonstrating how the department’s traditional role has changed. In 2019, […]

Heating Equipment Issues Cited in New York State’s High Fire Death Rate

New York recorded 112 fire-related deaths during 2019, the highest fatality rate among all 50 states, according to a review conducted by the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York and the National Fire Prevention Association. Though deadly fires can have many different causes, blazes associated with heating equipment were found to be the […]

FDNY Adds 22 Names to World Trade Center Illness Memorial

Although nearly two decades have passed and the Ground Zero site has been transformed, names are still being added to the FDNY World Trade Center Memorial Wall at the department’s headquarters in Brooklyn. In September, this posthumous recognition was bestowed on 22 firefighters who died of illnesses related to 9/11 exposure. First responders who worked […]

New FDNY Rookie Class Includes 21 Children of Fallen Heroes   

Every FDNY Fire Academy graduation is marked by strong emotions among family members who are justifiably proud of their loved ones who are ready to serve New York City as probationary firefighters. However, the most recent ceremony was extra special because 21 of these “probies” were the children of firefighters and police officers who died […]

Despite Record Activity, EMS Workers Are Lowest-paid First Responders

New York City’s Emergency Medical Services units handled approximately 1.5 million calls in 2018. That was a new record high, but the professionals who work for that department are still paid significantly less than other first responders. For more than 20 years, EMS has operated within the FDNY, and its significantly smaller workforce responds to […]

Risk Assessment Is Key in Personal Protective Equipment Decisions

When selecting personal protective equipment (PPE) for firefighters, a department or municipality needs to do more than find gear that satisfies the National Fire Protection Association’s safety standards. A complete risk assessment should be conducted to assure that the equipment isn’t just sufficiently safe but also appropriate for the specific situations faced by the men […]

Firefighters Face Stressors that Many Civilians Don’t Understand

As a firefighter, you earn the respect of the community you serve every day. People understand how dangerous and stressful it is to deal with raging fires, medical emergencies and other situations that are fraught with serious risks. However, only you and those closest to you can fully appreciate the range of stressors you face […]

Volunteer Fire Departments Look to Boost Fundraising and Safety

Volunteer fire departments perform enormously important work in many parts of New York State, but the men and women who serve in these units face significant dangers and concerns. Since 1872, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York has helped to educate and train volunteers and has advocated for them in multiple capacities. […]

FDNY Union Warns of Possible Injuries Due to Engine Company Cuts

Many engine companies within the FDNY will be operating with fewer firefighters now that New York City has invoked a contract clause reducing crews from five to four people. Though the trucks can be manned by four firefighters, the affected engine companies used the fifth as a “wild card” to increase safety for both colleagues […]

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