Firefighters Graduate At Brooklyn College Ceremony
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta this week presided over a graduation ceremony at Brooklyn College for 143 probationary firefighters. The new Firefighters, or “Probies,” graduated after completing the rigorous 12-week training program at the FDNY Training Academy located on Randall’s Island. Several hundred friends and family members attended the ceremony.
“I congratulate the latest class of bright and enthusiastic probationary firefighters,” said the mayor. “Today’s graduates join a family of the most professional and courageous firefighters in the world. The department has grown stronger than ever - taking on new responsibilities in a post-9/11 world, while also driving down the number of fire deaths last year to levels not seen since 1919. I am confident that our newest firefighters will wear their uniforms with pride and serve their fellow New Yorkers with honor and dedication.”
“Congratulations to all of today’s graduates. You have successfully completed the first step in your careers as firefighters and join the ranks of those proud to wear the uniform,” said Scoppetta. “The next lessons will come as you enter the field and respond to emergencies under the tutelage of experienced firefighters and officers. Use those lessons to build on the foundation that has been provided to you by your instructors at the Academy. Train everyday and the learning process never ends. Today is the start of something incredibly special. Serve the people of New York well.”
Among the graduates was Elizabeth Osgood, who graduated third in her class. Osgood’s academic score is one of the best ever received by a female probationary firefighter at the Fire Academy. Overall, FDNY instructors described the group as “exceptionally smart and motivated,” with none scoring below 85 out of 100.
The new class also featured four firefighters who lost loved ones in the line of duty, including two whose family members were among the 343 firefighters who gave their lives in the September 11 attacks.
While in training at the Fire Academy, the “Probies” learned basic engine and truck operations, fire suppression and containment, hazardous materials training, and terrorism awareness. The “Probies” will now be assigned to firehouses throughout the City of New York, where they will gain field experience under the guidance of senior firefighters and officers.