Following a resolution he introduced and quickly passed in the New York State Senate a few months ago, North Brooklyn State Senator Daniel Squadron continued to celebrate the city’s fire department last week.
In honor of the agency’s 150th anniversary Squadron along with several FDNY officials toured several firehouses in the 26th Senate District, which Squadron serves, last Wednesday, commencing the tour in South Williamsburg.
“New York’s bravest have fought fires, provided medical assistance, and worked side by side with our local communities for 150 years,” said Squadron. “I’m honored to have had the opportunity to sponsor this resolution to say thank you to the entire FDNY for their service.”
As part of the celebrations, Squadron presented the FDNY led by Deputy Assistant Chief and Manhattan Borough Commander Daniel Donoghue on the occasion with a copy of the Senate Resolution, which was adopted on May 12 this year.
The FDNY was established as a paid professional organization in 1865 after the city did away with the voluntary fire departments. Two fire departments – the Metropolitan Fire District and the Metropolitan Fire Department were created – and merged into one organization towards the turn of the 20th century.
Most notably within 2015, the department was instrumental in extinguishing the CiiStorage fire, the East Village explosion, and appointing the very first Lesbian Chaplain of the FDNY, Greenpoint’s own Ann Kansfield, who serves as a pastor at the Greenpoint Reformed Church.