Mission: The EMS FDNY Help Fund is a 501(c)(3). The funds that we raise are designated expressly for the Emergency Medical Technicians & Paramedics of the FDNY. Our mission is to ensure the security of our Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics and their families in the event of death, injury, illness or hardship. We seek to provide our dedicated EMS professionals with peace of mind.
The EMS FDNY Help Fund currently has two programs:
- We were founded to support FDNY EMS members who are undergoing financial hardship and need financial assistance.
The John A. Reisenbach Foundation has provided a Housing Security grant for EMS FDNY impacted by Catastrophic Events.
The John A. Reisenbach Foundation recognizes that the EMS FDNY Help Fund provides a safety net to 4,567 EMTs and Paramedics that serve as frontline medical care providers across NYC’s five boroughs and as of 25 years ago, they are part of the FDNY. We call them NYC’s street doctors as vulnerable NYC populations often will not seek medical care until it is an emergency.
We want FDNY EMS impacted by Financial Hardship, Natural Disasters and Pandemics to be able to stay in their existing housing - whether they rent or own - in order to continue their work as “NYC’s Street Doctors”, rather than losing their existing housing and further disrupting their vital work.
Here is the application for Financial Assistance.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused everyone to feel stressed, however, it may be weighing more heavily on our FDNY EMS members. We understand and are aware of this hardship.
FDNY EMS members and their families who need immediate confidential counseling should call 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355) NYC Well.
Don’t wait. Connect with someone who will listen and help. Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
The EMS FDNY Help Fund has partners that can provide treatment on a less immediate basis:
- National Institute for Psychotherapies can provide longer term psychotherapy, EMDR, medication consults, etc.
THE WEILL CORNELL MEDICINE CENTER FOR TRAUMA AND ADDICTION is an outpatient, evidence based mental health treatment program that focuses on healing developmental and adult trauma.
- The EMS FDNY Help Fund has raised funds to pay for associated costs not covered by insurance, apply for assistance now.
- We welcome your donations to support our services.
EMS FDNY Help Fund Board of Directors:
Vincent Variale, Chairperson
Vincent Variale is President at Uniformed EMS Officers Union FDNY, Local 3621 and a Lieutenant at the Fire Department City of New York.
Anthony Almojera, Vice Chair
Anthony Almojera is a lieutenant paramedic and vice president of the Fire Department of New York's Emergency Medical Services officers' union, Local 3621. With more than 17 years of experience, Anthony has been on the frontline responding to the outbreak of COVID-19 in New York City and is the author of Riding the Lightning A Year in the Life of a New York City Paramedic.
John McGuire, Treasurer
John McGuire is a Paramedic Lieutenant at the Fire Department City of New York and a Paramedic at the Jericho Fire District.
Carl Gandolfo, Recording Secretary
Carl Gandolfo is a Paramedic at the Fire Department City of New York. He is also Recording Secretary of The Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics & Fire Inspectors – F.D.N.Y. – Local 2507.
Khadijah Hall, Director
Khadijah Hall is an Emergency Medical Specialist-EMT of the Fire Department City of New York. She was awarded the Isaac Liberman Public Service Award at the 2018 Hundred Year Association of New York Public Service Awards.
James Hamilton, Director
Jaime Hamilton is an attorney specializing in e-discovery.
Brendan McCormack, Director
Brendan McCormack is a 18-year veteran of the FDNY EMS - an EMT, a senior drill instructor at the FDNY EMS Academy, a member of the FDNY Ceremonial Unit and a CLI (Certified Lab Instructor) EMS Instructor.
Gary Miller, Director
Captain Gary Miller retired in July 2020 after 32 years of EMS service in the Fire Department City of New York.
Manuel Ramos, Director
Manny Ramos is a recently retired lieutenant paramedic from the Fire Department City of New York.
Kathleen Knuth, Director
Kathleen Knuth is currently Division Commander of EMS BHS and EMS & Civilian Workers Compensation at the FDNY. Kathleen Knuth also serves on the Board of the Honor Emergency Fund of the FDNY.
Buffy Redsecker, Director
Buffy Redsecker is the President of the SunLight Time Foundation. She is a past board chair of the International League of Conservation Photographers. Playwright, Diver, Explorer, Historian, Cat Behaviorist and a supporter of the EMS FDNY Help Fund since early 2020. She has a degree in Ancient Military History from the Univ of Maryland. She lives downtown with her husband and their two cats.
Danielle Gustafson is the Executive Director.