Staten Islander Anthony Camerada Named FDNY Fire Academy Fitness Award Recipient
New Dorp Beach resident Anthony Camerada prides himself on being physically fit, and that was evident throughout his trials at the FDNY Fire Academy for incoming firefighters. Camerada, 25, was named the recipient of the academy’s fitness award, given to the graduate who displays the highest combined scores on the 19-week program’s functional skills training tests.
Trials include rigorous obstacle courses, push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, and a 1.5-mile run, in addition to other tests.
“The Academy’s FDNY fitness unit instructors were motivating and pushed us to do our best every day. A team is only as strong as its weakest link and in the fire department we always work as a team,” noted Camerada, who previously worked as an NYPD and MTA officer, as well as a member of the Coast Guard. American.
Camerada, who was a baseball player at New Dorp HS and St. Joseph’s College, is also an active member of the local road running community.
“Fitness has always been a huge part of my life,” he said. “I served in the US Coast Guard and the focus was also on fitness. I enjoy cross-training, cycling and recently ran the New York City Marathon.
“Being in good physical condition is so important as a firefighter; this not only benefits the public we serve, but also those who work side-by-side with you to get the job done,” Camerada added. “In my mind, I knew I would be able to be an asset to the department and apply my skills and experiences to really make a difference.”
He will put his skills to good use when he comes into force at work, where he will be stationed on Staten Island. For him, serving New York is a dream job.
“As far back as I can remember, I always knew I wanted to be a first responder and dedicate my life to helping others,” Camerada said. “The selfless attributes instilled in me by my loving parents growing up motivated me to always follow my dreams, to do the right thing (even when no one is looking), to give everything I do in my 100% effort, and above all, remain humble.
“The training I received was like no other, and there is a clear reason why the department is highly recognized and respected around the world,” he concluded. “I would especially like to thank my family and friends – without their constant, strong and encouraging support, I would not be where I am today.”