Members of Health Scan were at our June Meeting with the simple request to "GET CHECKED NOW". Yes they were back urging all of us to get checked, either thru a sonogram and thru exclusive blood tests.
Assistant Chief Tom Richardson was on hand to bring us up to snuff with what is going on with the FDNY. Loved his "stats". He gave a concise and humorous speech. He's an asset to our job. Great to have you, Chief at our June Meeting. Read all about it in the minutes below.
Jimmy led us in the Pledge, followed by a moment of silence for WTC Lt. John Moran who passed a few days ago and for all that continue to die and for the troops abroad. Joe Bryant concluded with a prayer.
Tom was introduced and delivered a nice speech beginning with some stats about the job today. He began with recognizing some old familiar faces, including his probie from way back when; Billy Carlson.
Here are the 2018 stats for the FDNY: The Busiest Battalion-9th Bn 5600 runs, Busiest for Fire Duty-the 50 Bn-200 working fires, busiest Engine: E-290-7,073 runs, busiest EMS -E-1 6900 EMS Runs. Busiest Fire Duty: E-275-119 jobs, E-283 117 jobs, Busiest Truck: L-43-5300 runs, Busiest Truck for Fire Duty: Ladder 123 with 124 Fires.
Chief Richardson mentioned new hirees for 2019 including 5 new Staff Chiefs and all the new probies coming on. Since 2013 4,000 probies have been hired, of that number 126 are US Veterans. There will be 320 new members in the November Class. They had to get up to #900 on the current list to hire the 320.
Tom continued by remarking how he was quite impressed with the training academy. Yes it's a new breed of Firefighters coming on the job, very intelligent. The days of the "Salty" Firefighters are gone. He stressed the cleanliness of the bunker gear after each job. This helps with 2nd hand exposure to toxins.
Counter Terrorism Task Forces are being formed with FDNY Members donning Bullet Proof Vests and new advanced Balistic helmets for active shooter situations. New Emergency Response Procedures in effect after Fahy Tragedy. New Gas response procedures and now every company will have a Thermal Imaging Camera. Many Thanks to Chief Richardson, he enjoyed a standing ovation.
Our next few speakers were from Health Scan and stressed that we who live in this area are more prone to cancer because of cancer cluster exposure. Prostate, Breast and Thyroid Cancer is on the rise!-GET CHECKED NOW!
Sal was the first speaker, stressing that they are NOT affiliated with the WTC Health Program. He did however stress that the screening Health Scan does for us is personalized. He then introduced Lennard Gettz-Director of the program.
Lenn is the director of the NY Cancer Resource Alliance Program. He informed us of the many tests that are available thru their program; A Doppler Sonogram and exclusive blood tests. He also told us to keep well informed about the latest cancer treatments.
Dr. Stoff informed us that exposure to cancer does not have to be thru ingestion, it can be absorbed thru the skin. Toxins fuel cancer. With early detection and new drugs available the survival rate is 90%.
Dr. Stoff wants all of us to be pro-active. Look into the latest research available. Make sure your doctor is up to date with the latest treatments. The new medicines are improving fast each day with less side effects.
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Jimmy Hayhurst informed us of the recovery of Jimmy Boyle. Jimmy is suffering from a tumor near his eye, but everyday he is improving. he says "Hi" to all..
The THRILLA IN CAMILLA, benefiting Building Homes for Heroes is ON!
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Bill Romaka informed us of the progress for a permanent restoration of the VCF. As of now 327 in the House will approve it, and 57 Senators will also OK it. It should go to a vote before the July 4th recess and hopefully be available by 9/11/19.
Billy wants us all to call Governor Cuomo and sign into law a cancer bill on his desk. We will be sending out a blast email with all the info on it very soon.
Paul Mallery then called out the numbers for four 50/50 Prizes. All there had a terrific time. Have a terrific summer everyone-we will be back here at the Elks on 9/24/19. Till then-stay safe and keep cool.