FDNY fire protection inspector dodges bullets working in Brooklyn


An FDNY fire protection inspector dodged bullets while working in Brooklyn, and the union who represents him is now questioning whether their members should be supplied with bulletproof vests.

Fire Protection Inspector Michael Fasoulakis was conducting a safety inspection on Columbia St. near W. 9th St. in Red Hook around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday when three people fired off shots in his direction, according to the union that represents FDNY EMTs, paramedics and fire inspectors.

Fasoulakis ducked into a nearby side street and called police to report the shots.

“This is another instance of FDNY EMS personnel dealing with a terrifying situation simply while trying to conduct their job and help their fellow New Yorkers,” Oren Barzilay, president of Local 2507, said in a statement. “Fire inspectors should not have to be subject to live gunfire and conversations are being had about providing them with ballistic vests while on duty.”

Fasoulakis was not injured in the shooting and there have been no arrests, according to the union.

A police spokesperson did not have information about the incident.

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