FDNY’s Fire Academy on Randall’s Island, also known as The Rock, was my only stop today. I had heard about this training facility a number of times during my visits to all of the Firehouses thus far.
Firefighter James Sorokac, who is celebrating 25 years with the FDNY took me on an hour-long tour of this state-of-the-art facility. He is an instructor here and knowledgable about everything FDNY. He is a member of the department’s ceremonial unit and the keeper of “The Last Alarm,” a bell that is rung to honor firefighters that are lost in the line of duty.
The 9/11 memorial at this facility is first-class and honors the 343 Heroes who gave their lives that day.