– Recognized with prestigious Statewide award for his efforts to educate hundreds of students in EMS training –

(Mahopac, NY – June 9, 2016) The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) Fire Prevention and Life Safety Committee has named Michael “Rev” Revenson of the Mahopac Central School District as the recipient of the 2016 FASNY Teacher of the Year Award.

Rev, as he is known, is also a life member of the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department and will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Monday June 13th. The event will take place at the Fire Department at 7:30PM and will serve to highlight his incredible efforts to train more than 300 High School students over the years through the Mahopac HS EMT Program, which he created.

“I can’t think of anyone who embodies this award more than Michael Revenson.  His work over the years to educate his students in life saving Emergency Medical Techniques has made a definitive impact in their lives and the overall safety and well-being of the Mahopac community,” said FASNY President Robert McConville.  ”Congratulations on this well-deserved award.”

“We could not be more honored and pleased to hear that our very own Mike Revenson was the recipient of this prestigious award.  It’s because of his efforts that our EMT program has become a student favorite here at Mahopac High School,” said Dr. Adam Pease, Principal of Mahopac High School.  “His classroom always bustles with positive energy and enthusiasm and his students are always engaged in practical and applicable activities.  This is a recognition that is well deserved.”

A life member of the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department, Michael Revenson began his careers in both the Mahopac VFD and Mahopac Central School District in 1989. In addition to teaching, he also worked as a Paramedic on the weekends. After hearing from many of his students that they wanted to take EMT courses but were unable to due to scheduling issues, Revenson put the wheels in motion and with the support of the school district, the Mahopac HS EMT Program launched a few years later.
With a very limited budget and donated equipment from area Fire Departments and Ambulance Squads, the initial program has grown into a model of success.  In fact, more than 300 students have been trained in the program, which now has a concurrent enrollment partnership with SUNY Dutchess Community College and the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services.  Program students not only complete the course with EMT skills, they also receive college credit.

The impact has also been noticed within the emergency services sector, with a number of students joining the ranks of the volunteer fire service in Mahopac after they complete the course.

“The EMT class at Mahopac High School has been a win-win situation for all,” said FASNY Teacher of the Year Michael Revenson. “I get to teach a topic I am very passionate about, the students learn invaluable life-saving skills, the Fire Departments have a continual base of new members and our community is a safer place. I am honored to receive this award.”

Founded in 1872, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) represents the interests of the more than 100,000 volunteer firefighters and first responders in New York State. For more information, visit www.fasny.com.