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For Immediate Release
March 23, 2018

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Congratulates 23 Graduates of New York State’s Fire Protection Specialist Academy Class

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Fire Prevention and Control today introduced 23 graduates of its Fire Protection Specialist Academy Class.  The class consists of 23 Fire Protection Specialists who completed a 14-week training program at various locations across the state.  The training provided each specialist with instruction on a wide variety of aspects related to fire protection, prevention and safety.  Many of the graduates will support the state’s new Swiftwater and Flood Rescue training venue at the State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany.


“Congratulations to our new graduates on their well-earned achievement,” said Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Roger L. Parrino, Sr.  “I also want to thank their family members and friends for their love, understanding and support of our newest first responders who continue to serve New York State and its citizens day or night.”


“I commend these 26 new Fire Protection Specialists who come from across the State and bring with them a myriad of skills, backgrounds and experiences,” said State Fire Administrator Francis Nerney.  “Those skills and experiences, coupled with their 14 weeks of training, have prepared them well to join the ranks of the Office of Fire Prevention and Control.”


Graduating are:


  • Seth Armstrong, Inspections & Investigation Branch (Poughkeepsie)
  • Frank Balys, Special Operations Branch (State Preparedness Training Center, Oriskany (SPTC))
  • John Bord III, Special Operations Branch (SPTC)
  • Garrett Dean, Special Operations Branch (SPTC)
  • Ronald Dittmar, Special Operations Branch (SPTC)
  • David Dye, Special Operations Branch (SPTC)
  • Benjamin Ecker, Special Operations Branch (SPTC)
  • Andrew Fischer, Inspections & Investigation Branch (Buffalo)
  • Erik Hines, Inspections & Investigation Branch (Binghamton)
  • Mark Hoy, Inspections & Investigation Branch (Potsdam)
  • Robert Johnson, Fire Operations & Training Branch (Montour Falls)
  • Ben Lattanzio, Special Operations Branch (SPTC)
  • John Makin, Special Operations Branch (SPTC)
  • Matthew Martin, Special Operations Branch (SPTC)
  • George Massarotti, Special Operations Branch (SPTC)
  • Samuel Maxsween, Special Operations Branch (SPTC)
  • Patrick McNeil, Special Operations Branch (SPTC)
  • Jeffery Mondo, Special Operations Branch (SPTC)
  • Albert Moxham, Special Operations Branch (SPTC)
  • Jason Murray, Inspections & Investigation Branch (Oneonta)
  • Kyle Rudolphsen, Special Operations Branch (Albany)
  • Nicholas Ruffle, Special Operations Branch (SPTC)
  • Corey Zydanowicz, Fire Operations & Training Branch (Montour Falls)

Training classes included: Basic Structural Collapse Operations; Water Rescue Awareness; Defense Against Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness; ICS-300; Fire Mutual Aid Resource Management; Live Fire Training; Trench Rescue Awareness; Confined Space Awareness & Safety; Fire Officer 1; Fire Service Instructor 1 & 2; Emergency Operations Center & Fire Operations Center Overview; National Certification Evaluator Training; NY Responds Incident Management System Training; State Emergency Operations Center Course HAZMAT Modules 1, 2 & 3; and Transportation Incident Management.

The graduates’ training does not end upon graduation as they will continue additional, advanced training in areas such as codes enforcement, federal surveying procedures, peace officer training, hazardous materials, technical rescue, emergency vehicle driving and other various specialized courses.


About OFPC

OFPC delivers a wide breadth of services to firefighters, emergency responders, state and local government agencies, public and private colleges, and the citizens of New York.  The Office advances public safety through firefighter training, education, fire prevention, investigative, special operations and technical rescue programs.  The timely delivery of these essential services enables the Office to make significant contributions to the safety of all of New York State.



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