Fire Department Gets 276 New Members
Staten Island Advance 6/30/2008
The FDNY expanded its ranks during a graduation ceremony this
morning, as 276 "probies" became full-fledged firefighters. Mayor
Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta presided over the
affair, which took place at the Colden Center at Queens College.
The new graduates include 35
members of the military -- including Probationary Firefighter
Christopher Little, who is currently serving his second mission with
the Marines in Iraq. His family attended graduation ceremony in his
Other graduates include Matthew Sweeney.
His brother, Firefighter Brian Sweeney of Rescue 1, died in the line
of duty on 9/11.
The new firefighters recently completed an expanded, more rigorous
23-week training program at the department's Randalls Island
"Today is a proud day for New
York City as we welcome 276 probationary firefighters into the ranks
of the FDNY," Bloomberg said. "You are one of the first classes to
receive the exceptional 23 weeks of training at the academy, and I
know it has prepared you for any type of emergency you may