Hurricane Sandy hit New York City and especially its first responders hard. Hundreds of active members of the FDNY – from rank and file firefighters, EMT’s, paramedics and dispatchers – suffered catastrophic damage to their homes.
While their homes were being destroyed, these first responders were busy effectuating tens of thousands of emergency responses ranging from major fires, water rescues of trapped civilians, ruptured gas lines, transformer explosions and urgent medical calls. During Sandy, FDNY fire-related call volumes soared to 25,000 across the city.
“During Hurricane Sandy, our firefighters knew it was up to them to be the lifeline for New Yorkers in the eye of the storm. To protect New Yorkers they had to leave the safety of their own homes and families and brave the worst elements of Hurricane Sandy,” said Steve Cassidy, Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) President. “Firefighters in all five boroughs were on the front lines and fully exposed to constant danger for the duration of the super storm. We believe it is important to step forward and help their families recover.”
Responders had to work through horrific conditions, with dangerous winds, flying debris and floods that carried and overturned cars, boats and even homes, while littering the streets with downed trees and live power lines.
Israel Miranda, President of the Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics & Fire Inspectors FDNY Local 2507 said, “Rescue workers citywide responded to a wide variety of emergency calls during Hurricane Sandy and ensured the safety of New York’s hardest hit communities. While I’m proud of the impact our members had, many of them continue to struggle from the damage that Hurricane Sandy caused. We want to support these workers and help them get out from under Sandy’s devastation.”
Vincent A. Variale, President Uniformed EMS Officers Union, FDNY Local 3621 said, “EMTs, EMS Officers, Dispatchers and Firefighters responded to the need of their city when Hurricane Sandy hit, but while protecting other NY City communities, their own homes and personal belongings were being destroyed. This fund and this event is about helping each other out.”
Faye Smyth, President of the Uniformed Fire Alarm Dispatchers Benevolent Association FDNY said, “Hurricane Sandy left many of our fire dispatchers with no home to return to and no way to get back on their feet. Despite suffering immeasurable losses, our members continue to support our communities and show up to protect our neighborhoods. It’s now our turn to give them support through this difficult time.”
Donations to the New York City Firefighters Disaster Relief Fund Inc. can be made by checks addressed to:
New York City Firefighters Disaster Relief Fund Inc.
C/O Uniformed Firefighters Association
204 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010
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