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Michael M. Dugan is a 38-year veteran of the fire service and a 26-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), currently serving as captain of Ladder Company 123 in Brooklyn. As a firefighter in Ladder Company 43, Dugan received the James Gordon Bennett medal in 1992 and the Harry M. Archer Medal in 1993, the FDNY’s highest award for bravery. He was an instructor at the inception of the FDNY’s Annual Education Day and has developed programs currently taught to all FDNY members during the annual event. Dugan is a member of the IAFC Safety, Health & Survival Section. He serves as a HOT instructor at Firehouse Expo and FDIC, and is a regular contributor to fire service magazines. He also lectures at various events around the country on topics dealing with truck company operations, building construction, scene size-up and today’s fire service.

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Today we remember three FDNY Firefighters who made the supreme sacrifice on June 17, 2001, on a tragic day that has come to be known within the Department as the Father’s Day Fire. Firefighter Harry S. Ford and Firefighter Brian D. Fahey of Rescue 4, and Firefighter John J. Downing of Ladder 163, were killed at an explosion at a fire in a hardware store at 12-22 Astoria Blvd, Queens, on Father’s Day. The three Firefighters left behind eight children among them. ... See MoreSee Less

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RIP, Gone but not forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with Harry's, Brian's, and John's family, friends, brothers and sisters of The FDNY as we remember.

3 months ago

Captain Mike Dugan

It is with great sadness we report that retired FF Ray Pfeifer, E-40, has passed away this morning after a long battle with 9/11 cancer. While actively battling cancer, Ray led the march to our nations capital to lobby politicians to extend health care for everyone suffering an illness from 9/11/01. One of Ray's convincing lines was, You can hand me your business cards, I'll hand you mass cards of every one of my friends I lost from 9/11". Ray was the true meaning of the Fire Service and the brotherhood we have. He put others in front of himself. He always did the 'right thing'. Thank you, Ray! ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

Captain Mike Dugan

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4 months ago

Captain Mike Dugan

Had a blastToday’s FE Humpday Hangout Live from FDIC featured PJ Norwood, Frank Ricci and Mike Dugan talking about FARS. Come by booth 13133 on the Capital Corrdor and see what they are talking about. You can watch the Hangout here: www.fireengineering.com/fe-talk/tencate-2017.html ... See MoreSee Less

Had a blast
41
Years of Firefighting Sefvice
1,000+
Classes Instructed
11
Years As Captain
15
Years Presenting @ FDIC

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