As of October 2019, more than 1,300 members of the FDNY are veterans or military reservists. That includes Fire, EMS and civilians. As a paramilitary agency, the Department’s organizational structure, tactics, training and culture resembles that of the U.S. Armed Forces. In this episode, FDNY Firefighter and US Marine Corps Captain Recordo Demetrius discusses his life of service and the parallels between the fire service and military. Demetrius is currently assigned to Ladder 174 in Brooklyn, New York. He has served as a Drill Instructor for the FDNY’s Probationary Fire School and was a NYPD police officer prior to joining the FDNY. Recordo is also a combat veteran having served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Fire and Emergency Services from John Jay College. Deputy Chief Michael Barvels hosts.