New York, New York
FDNY HOLDS GRADUATION CEREMONY FOR 231
Acting Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh presided at the graduation ceremony of 231
probationary Firefighters on Tuesday, August 9th at at the Christian Cultural Center,
on Flatlands Avenue, in Brooklyn.
“New York City Firefighters respond 24/7, 365 days a year to all manner of dangerous incidents
and emergencies, bravely putting their own lives on the line in service of others. Their diverse
backgrounds equip them to respond in an ever-changing city and help to prevent fires through
fire safety education for every community,” said Acting Commissioner Laura Kavanagh. “These
men and women have been trained by the best, to be the very best, and now they too can call
themselves New York City’s Bravest.”
People of color comprise 47% of the graduating probationary Firefighters – 26% identify as
Hispanic, 14% as Black, and 7% as Asian American. There are 8 women in the class, bringing
the total number of female Firefighters to 141 – the most in FDNY history.
Over their 18 weeks at the FDNY Training Academy, this class trained in all aspects of
Firefighting: fire suppression and medical response, hazardous materials, collapse and confined
space rescue training, auto extrication, building inspections and procedures for engine and ladder
operations. The probationary Firefighters will be assigned to firehouses throughout the city.