He’s too hot for the FDNY — but they won’t fire him.
A black probationary firefighter graduated from the FDNY Academy but was barred from the ceremony for referring to his superiors with the N-word on Facebook and posting seminude selfies.
Trilain Smith, a 35-year-old ex-rapper from Fort Greene, Brooklyn, ranted online last month, “These n- - -as try to kill you start to finish!” after listing the tests he had to pass to graduate.
The remarks, a violation of the FDNY’s social-media policy, came after Smith got a strict warning about his postings, which included sexually suggestive photos of himself in fire garb.
On Aug. 1, three days after his training started on Randalls Island, Smith posted several selfies under the name “King Alex” — including one of him bare-chested in his FDNY helmet and bunker gear and another showing his nude torso over an FDNY patch.
“S- -t is REALLLL!! Body OD sore!” he wrote of the drills. “no real lunch break and mfkaz screaming at you all day long.”
A top officer displayed Smith’s photos and obscenity-laced remarks in a blistering speech to the entire class. He admonished each probie to avoid posting anything that could shame the FDNY.
Using the name “Kieon Ibeast,” Smith posted the N-word diatribe to Facebook on Nov. 19. The repeat offense infuriated brass, who wanted him fired, insiders said.
Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano — whose own son Joseph quit his EMT job in March after posting racist tweets — spared Smith the ax but fined him 90 days’ pay and extended his probationary period to five years from the normal 18 months. Six months was added because of a 2007 DWI conviction.
Cassano “determined that Smith’s actions were very serious violations that brought discredit to the department and warranted a severe penalty,” said FDNY spokesman Frank Gribbon.
Smith is part of a class that was hailed Thursday as the most racially diverse in FDNY history. Of the 242 firefighters, 24 percent is black, 36 percent is Hispanic.
Of the grads, he is one of 76 “priority hires,” minorities who took the FDNY entrance exam in 1999 and 2000 but were passed over. Brooklyn federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis had ordered the FDNY to give them a second chance.
Critics blasted Cassano’s decision to keep Smith.
“It’s an outrageous example of the preferential treatment we’ve been complaining about,” said Paul Mannix, president of Merit Matters, a firefighters group. “This guy has clearly shown no understanding or respect for rank and the importance of following orders.”
Smith raps under the name “Kieon.” His songs are filled with crude sex terms and the N-word. His Twitter page, under “Kieon Thagod,” is rife with vulgarity.
Smith, assigned to Ladder Co. 12 in Chelsea, would not comment. Gribbon said, “He apologized to his entire class of fellow probies.”
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A fundamental mission for FDNY is to protect the lives and property of New York City residents and visitors. This is done through many programs offered by the FDNY that focus on the city's most vunerable populations, including children and senior citizens. Through the FDNY Fire Safety Education Program, members teach strategies that reduce fire deaths and injuries, while focusing on fire prevention. There are also programs such as the Juvenile Fire Setters Intervention Program that focuses on preventive measures with children who are playing with fire or setting fires intentionally. New York City has two locations where the public can interact with FDNY educators: the FDNY Fire Zone and the New York City Fire Museum. FDNY has a strong educational presence online where fire safety tips are shared at FDNY Smart. There are a number of Fire Safety Publications available online in many languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and more.
The Bureau of Training, located at the Fire Academy on Randall’s Island, is responsible for formulating and conducting all formal fire suppression training programs within the Department. Randall's Island, chosen because of its central location to the East River, is surrounded by the boroughs of Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx. The numerous training facilities include state of the art audio-visual technology, a Distance Learning Center, buildings that simulate similar dwellings found in the city (tenements, brownstones, commercial buildings), field house, burn building, and propane-fueled automobile fire simulator. The Fire Academy provides optimum training to all firefighters in fire suppression, investigation, prevention and education. The Fire Academy also provides training to other City Agencies and to all newly promoted career fire officers throughout New York State.
In addition to the extensive entry level training, Peace Officer, Vehicle Extrication, Collapse, Confined Space Rescue, CPR, and Hazardous Materials training is conducted at Randall's Island. Supervision and management are taught through the First Line Supervisor Training Program (FLSP) Fire Marshal’s Training Program and the Battalion Chief’s Command Course. All the units are regularly brought out to the Academy for evaluation and specialized training.
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