Sep, 2023
Transforming Values and Culture: The FDNY Fire Cadet Academy's Blueprint for Change
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.). Center for Homeland Defense and Security; Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
Lee, Steven J.
From the thesis: "The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) has faced longstanding diversity, inclusion, and organizational culture issues. This study examines the revamped Fire Cadet Academy (FCA), reintroduced in 2023, which seeks to modernize the FDNY's professionalism, aligning it with societal shifts. Unlike its unsuccessful version, the new FCA aims to transform firefighter recruitment and training with a 24-month program. This research traces the FCA from its 2016 roots to the 2023 relaunch, highlighting its new core values fostering an inclusive culture. The redesigned FCA has a four-pillar curriculum focusing on academics, ethics, fitness, and hands-on learning, signifying the FDNY's dedication to progressive training techniques. However, the study does not shy away from potential oversight, planning, and evaluation challenges. The FCA employs summative and formative assessments to ensure flexibility and tangible results. The academy's revised core values deeply resonate with a firefighter's identity, emphasizing aligning deeds with fundamental beliefs. The FCA promises to revolutionize firefighter training, nurture inclusivity, and enhance professionalism in the FDNY. The academy's long-term effects demand continuous observation, underlining the need for extended research to ascertain its enduring influence."
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    Lee, Steven J.
  • Publishers
    Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.). Center for Homeland Defense and Security
    Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
  • Date
    Sep, 2023
  • Copyright
    Public Domain
  • Retrieved From
    Naval Postgraduate School, Dudley Knox Library:
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  • Source
    Cohort CA2201/2202
  • Subjects
    New York (N.Y.). Fire Department
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    Thesis (NPS)

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