Photo: Joanna Graham/Mayoral Photography Office

Established in 1865, the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) has been stopping fires and saving lives for over 150 years. As New York’s Bravest, they serve more than 8 million residents within a 320 square meter radius across all five boroughs. Here are our top 10 secrets of the historic group.

10. Why is it called the FDNY and not NYFD?

The Fire Department of the City of New York is referred to as the FDNY (not the NYFD) for a reason that occurred over a century ago. In 1865, the then-volunteer city-controlled fire department was abolished by a State act that created the paid Metropolitan Fire District and Department. Fifteen years later under the Tweed Charter, the city regained control of the fire department and created the FDNY, using a rearranged acronym since they couldn’t repeat the older volunteer-era one.

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